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Role-Play Your Way To A Fluid “User” On The Wednesday Run

Remember the days when Vertigo Comics was regularly publishing comic book fiction that pushed the boundaries of the art form, giving voice to dozens of burgeoning writers and artists each month that would never have been heard from in mainstream publications?

It was probably the mid to late 1990’s or early 2000’s.

And you were probably in high school or college at the time – and my, oh my, weren’t those the glory days of comic book reading?

It’s a little strange then, that with all the great comics that Vertigo was publishing at the time, a title such as the 2001 three-issue miniseries, User, flew a bit under the radar, even though it won industry awards.

It’s stranger then, that the same title is compiled in a handsome hardcover format by an entirely different publisher (one who has taken up the philosophical mantle that Vertigo Comics once owned), over fifteen years later.

And that the story of User, released (again) today, still resonates!

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Britpop & Magic & Comics Makes For ‘The Complete Phonogram HC’ On The Wednesday Run

Music is magic.

Just ask any writer of Biff Bam Pop! Heck, ask just about any reader that frequents these digital pages. This site has a love for pop culture, sure, but there’s an underlying need and desire to listen, to read about, and to share favourite music.

Ask Andy Burns, Editor-In-Chief of Biff Bam Pop! and his ever-lasting love of prog-rockers, Yes. And yes, he was there in New York City last weekend when Yes finally entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Ask Less Lee Moor, resident Managing Editor of this site as well as the Editor-In-Chief of Popshifter. Besides sharing her enthusiasm for all things music in her regular Pump Up The Jam column here on BBP!, you’ll find that she often waxes lovingly for Richard Oakes-era Suede on social media.

Ask me about my love of Modern Life Is Rubbish-era Blur and the gothic-punk brilliance of the Manic Street Preachers seminal Holy Bible album.

These are the bands, this is the music, that we all grew up with – specifically through our formative years.

And that bit of musical magic brings us straight to the excitement of The Complete Phonogram Hardcover, released today.

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Classic & Epic & Eternal Is This “Beowulf” Graphic Novel On The Wednesday Run

beowulfA monster wreaks havoc on a Kingdom.

A hero comes to a King.

A monster needs to be slain.

And so begins the old English epic of Beowulf, a poem that has inspired so many writers and artists in so many different genres: from painting to film to television to fiction to music to even video and board games. Beowulf has touched all aspects of human creativity.

Today, the translation of that ages-old story gets the graphic novel treatment with the beautiful hardcover of Beowulf, published by Image Comics.

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Now Is The Time For “Seven To Eternity #1” On The Wednesday Run

seven-to-eternity-1As regularly occurs at least once or twice a year, last week I began sifting though my collection of old comic book sci-fi and fantasy magazines published in the early 1980’s. I’m talking about issues of Heavy Metal and Epic Illustrated.

I love those periodicals! During those days, I already had an affinity for Batman and the Justice League, but it was in those monthly and quarterly magazines that I got my first taste of the visual representations of otherworldly planets, aliens, future tech and sword and sorcery. It’s where I first read Dredstar by Jim Starlin, Marada the She-Wolf by Chris Claremont and John Bolton, Ken Steacy’s The Sacred and the Profane, and the works of Richard Corben, William Kaluta, Kent Williams, Jon J. Muth and Jeffrey jones amongst so many others.

The stories and art in those magazines led to reading monthly comics like Alien Legion by Carl Potts, Alan Zelenetz, Frank Cirocco and Terry Austin, and Six From Sirius by Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy and, more recently (and more to the point) Black Science from Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera.

Why “more to the point”?

Because acclaimed writer Rick Remender is behind this week’s must-have Wednesday Run: Seven To Eternity #1!

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The Dog Days Of Summer Brings “Millarworld Annual 2016” On The Wednesday Run

Millarworld Annual 2016It’s the morning of July 13 here in Toronto, and the iPhone weather app is telling me we’ve got a high of 33 degrees Celsius to look forward to today. That’s 91.5 degrees Fahrenheit for those five, hard-headed countries that still use that particular form of measurement.

In an entirely separate conversation, someone nearby to me utters “…and that doesn’t even include the humidity.”

There are storm clouds converging, little coloured icons of lightning bolts on my phone screen, warning me to bring an umbrella if I’m out and about later tonight. No worries there.

For when the dog days of summer hit, it’s best to relax, a cool beverage within arm’s reach, and a comic book in hand. Today, how does an anthology compilation take you? An “annual” even?

Today, let’s talk about the Millarworld Annual 2016!

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A New Generation Of Surprising Underachievers With “Jupiter’s Legacy Vol. 2 #1” On The Wednesday Run

Jupiters Legacy Vol 2 #1

Oh, how this generation is such a disappointment.

They couldn’t possibly live up to the ideals, pride and fervor of those that wrote the book on the twentieth century. Not with their reality TV, drugs, sex, and selfies.

But really, how could they ever live up to their parent’s and grandparents’ generation? Isn’t the disappointment of our children a forgone conclusion?

Well, that was the premise of Jupiter’s Legacy… and continues, albeit with a few turns of plot, through today’s release of Jupiter’s Legacy Volume 2 #1.

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An Indie Fave Is Back With POP GUN WAR: GIFT On The Wednesday Run

Pop Gun War Gift coverA reprint is a reprint is a reprint, right?

No.

No, it’s not.

Certainly not when something is out of print. And certainly not when that out of print book is a great work by a great, if indie, voice.

Thank goodness for Image Comics, then, a publisher often cited in this very column as one who takes chances on emerging comic book talent as well as those beloved professionals who are somehow less mainstream than the ones we get on a monthly basis from Marvel or DC.

And that’s where writer/artist Farel Dalrymple and his newly revisited (read: re-printed) Pop Gun War: Gift trade paperback come into focus.

Follow me after the jump for all the page-turning info!

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Get Some Fresh AIRBOY DELUXE H/C On The Wednesday Run

AirBoy Deluxe HC coverAirboy.

A comic book character created during the Golden Age of comic books, circa 1942.

You know, during wartime.

And, of course, war heroes were big in comics during WWII. What young American boy wouldn’t want to see an army, naval or air force officer put the hot-lead screws to the Axis powers? And so, Airboy was created by writers Charles Biro, Dick Wood and artist Al Camy in the pages of Air Fighter Comics #2, published by Hillman Periodicals, and he did just that.

But like many characters created during the Golden Age of comics, Airboy himself needed saving from obscurity. He needed dramatic reinvention. In 1986, Eclipse Comics produced new Airboy tales, starring the son of the original character.

But what do you do with Airboy for a twenty-first century audience?

Well, that’s exactly what the Airboy Deluxe Hardcover ponders. And it’s like nothing you – or even AIrboy – could ever imagine!

Follow me after the jump for a taste of the wild blue yonder!

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Something Witchy This Way Comes With BLACK MAGICK #5 On The Wednesday Run

Black Magick 5 coverWhile we slowly inch our way to better months, better weather, and increased sunlight here in the northern hemisphere, there still seems to be a dark pall across many of our imaginations.

And we love it!

Horror’s pop cultural resurgence in comic books (did it ever really go away?) continues pace and, over the last few years, witches – not zombies – have been front and center in that renaissance.

Back in late October, Image Comics released Black Magick #1, the first issue of a new monthly series from industry favourites, writer Greg Rucka, and illustrator Nicola Scott. Although perfectly timed for the Halloween season, the comic didn’t make this particular column. I almost feel like I need to apologize to you readers because believe me, that particular issue made waves. Bot did it! And I’ve been making quick work of my monthly Black Magick Wednesday runs ever since.

Follow me after the jump for the low-down and the importance of Black Magick #5 – out today!

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All Eyes On THE PRIVATE EYE: THE CLOUDBURST EDITION HARDCOVER On The Wednesday Run

Raise of hands: who here is reading comics digitally?

Put your hand down, Andy. I know you are. You tell me constantly.

The Private EyeNo, really ‘tho. Who here is reading comics on your desktop, your iPad, your Kobo, your Kindle, your phone?

Well, more and more of you, that’s who. And that’s why there’s a yearly Eisner Award for “Best Digital Comic” (among many, many other important awards celebrating the comic book medium).

Earlier this year, The Private Eye won that particular Eisner Award and now the entire series is being published in the old-school hardcover format for people like me who still read that sort of physical thing.

Follow me after the jump for all the detective work on the release!

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