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Heroes and Villains – Reviewing Recent Comics 11-15-2017

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This time on Heroes and Villains, we’ll be looking at a variety of comics out this week and last, from a variety of genres and companies. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on Sky Masters of the Space Force: The Complete Sunday Strips in Color – 1959-1960, Merry Men #4, Volcanosaurus #1, Fence #1, Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini #1, Misfit City #7, The Space Heists of Vyvy and Qwerty #1, and more… be warned, there may be spoilers…

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Clonsters: Fun For All Ages

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If you’ve been following my work here at Biff Bam Pop! you’ll know that I’m on something of a journey to discover comics that are beyond the limited spectrum of mainstream super hero books. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a weekly reader of my favorite heroes and escapist adolescent power fantasies. In fact, I’m the first to argue that there’s some really great work being done by the Big Two publishers right now if you’re willing to look for it. However, I’m always left wanting more.

That’s where’s Clonsters from Amy Shand, Pat Shand, and Vanessa Cardinali and comes in. An all-ages book from Space Between Entertainment appeared in my inbox recently and given that I fall under the banner of all-ages I decided to give it a try. Did I find the “more” that I was looking for? Find out after the jump!

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Kickstarter Alert: The Surgeon

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Here’s a brand spankin’ new comic book Kickstarter for everyone to throw their money at! From Unlikely Heroes Studios comes… The Surgeon! A fun and gritty post apocalyptic action book, The Surgeon is aiming to be your new favorite. Now, scrub up and make your incision to read more after the jump!

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31 Days of Horror 2017: Modern Dread – A Horror Anthology About the Anxieties of Today

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New York, NY (October 10, 2017) – MODERN DREAD, a new horror anthology about the fears of today, has launched on Kickstarter from Space Between Entertainment.

MODERN DREAD is a 72-page black and white graphic novel of horror stories that explore what scares people now. With a mixture of timeless fears and modern anxieties, these stories pay homage to the horror of the past while paving way for a new, terrifying path. Topics include:

  • Infected tattoos
  • Designer drugs with horrific side effects
  • Online harassment
  • Deranged Uber drivers
  • Losing a child
  • And that ever-present fear that bridges both young and old… the fear of death

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Pump Up The Jam: October 14, 2016

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Thee Temple Ov Psychick Youth: “We are not seeking followers. We are seeking collaborators.”

This week on Pump Up The Jam, we’ve got Sparks, Patrick Cowely, Thee Temple Of Psychick Youth & more!
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The GAR! Podcast: The 2016 Camden Comic Con Five Star Spectacular

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The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re recorded live at the 2016 Camden Comic Con, with Justin Piatt and Zach Dolan of Unlikely Heroes Studios, Suliman Onque of On-Q Comics, Mark Poulton of A Cat Named Haiku, and Ed Evans of All Things Fun!, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.

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Kickstarter: The Canals of Earth

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Julian Darius, is not just the founder of the Sequart Organization, and a friend of Biff Bam Pop!, he’s a serious talent in the comics world. If you dug his work in Classics on Infinite Earths and Martian Comics, you will love his newest project, The Canals of Earth. Meet me after the jump for the details on this fascinating Kickstarter.

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Marie Gilbert Interviews Zombie Portrait Artist, Rob Sacchetto

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I love zombies and because I do, I get to meet a lot of talented people who also share this love for the shuffling dead. I first took notice of Rob Sacchetto on Facebook after coming across a portrait of a female zombie that he posted. She was beautiful in all her rot and decay. Rob not only loves zombies, he is the first artist to offer custom zombie portraits since 2006. What would make a talented illustrator want to draw decaying slimy creatures? Why would person want to be drawn as a zombie? The only way to get to the bottom of this phenomenon was to talk to the artist. Read the rest of this entry

Interview: Artist Matthew Therrien discusses his new horror comic anthology, The Gates of Misery

I’m a big man of anthology comics like Creepy and Eerie, and I grew up loving the late 80s/early 90s Tales From The Crypt tv show (not to mention the Twilight Zone, as well). It can be a lot of fun watching writers, actors and artists play around in short form storytelling. It means the creators have to deliver and deliver well in a relative short space. It can be tough, and I speak from experience, as one of the contributors to Biff Bam Pop’s digital comic series, Biff Bam Boo.

Artist Matthew Therrien also knows of the trials, tribulations and ultimate success of putting together a horror anthology. That work that began with a successful Kickstarter campaign with some incredible collaborators has finally led to the publication of the first issue of Gates of Misery. Working with a variety of names familiar to horror fans, Therrien’s ambition has delivered and then some.

Over email, we discussed the genesis of Gates of Misery, how Brandon Cronenberg, Steve Kostanski, Jon Knautz, and Dave Alexander wound up contributing, the crowdfunding experience and much more.

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Andy Burns: Congrats on the Gates of Misery! I love horror anthologies and I thought you did a solid job with the first issue. Where did the inspiration come from to make this happen?

Matthew Therrien: Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the first issue. Just like you, I’ve always shared a love of anthologies; in particular, horror shorts. They’re just a great way to feature a variety of different styles and stories, and keep the whole thing within a manageable and easily-enjoyed length. The tough part is finding a way to make them all somewhat cohesive and feel that they belong together. I’ve always had a love of cemeteries, and one day the idea just sort of struck me: what if I create a universe in which the cemetery itself has a sort of consciousness, and learns about the person’s life when they’re buried within it. After that, the Mount Misery Cemetery was born. It allowed writers to tell whatever tale they wanted, provided that one of their characters died by the end and found themselves in their final resting place at Mount Misery. At this point the character of the cemetery is still developing, so I couldn’t tell you exactly why, but the Mount Misery Cemetery seems to derive some sort of joy in recounting the particularly tragic and gruesome deaths of those bodies that inhabit its grounds.

As far as the writers, I thought it would be absolutely fantastic if the majority of those involved were filmmakers, many of whom had never written for comics before. This would be a new way of storytelling, and would provide them with a chance to create whatever tale they desired with no budgetary restrictions at all (the great benefit of telling stories with comics instead of on film). Read the rest of this entry

SDCC 2015 Spotlight: Jim LuJan

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San Diego Comic Con is usually about the Big 2 and grabbing a boat load of comics, but did you know it’s a place where more artistic ventures are premiered? There’s a film festival where our next guest would feel right at home. Jim Lujan has partnered with one of the greats in animation – Bill Plympton – to bring you a biker tale that will knock your socks off. It’s animation at its best, so let’s hear more from Jim…

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