Journal Entry: Thu Nov 3, 2011, 9:03 AM
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3539:
This past weekend Tina and I attended the 3rd Annual Long Beach Comic & Horror Con in Long Beach, California.
While walking through the vast Artists Alley of the exhibit floor at this con, we both came up to the Comic Book Junkie / Hyno Comics table. I recognized the signage from the wall posts on the LBC&HC's Facebook wall, that George Chase had been posting on.
I said hello to both George Chase, (creator & writer), and Lance Sawyer (cover & interior art) and proceeded to check out issue #1 of their new title 'Comic Book Junkie' issue #1. I had mentioned previously on George's work at this blog and at my own Facebook fan page as seen here. Same with Lance, as seen here.
So what's this comic book about? Here's what the publisher has as a promo:
"If you are looking for Superheroes, yeah we got 'em, but they're going to cost you. I'm going to let you in on a secret. A dark, violent, and humourous secret.
A secret about being a comic book dealer back in the 1990s. You're about to get a glimpse behind the curtain through the drug glazed eyes of people who made their livings selling you books about men in tights.
It was the 90's and it was good to be a comic book dealer.
This was a time of the variant cover, speculative buyers, and suckers. The comic companies were turning out crap that fanboys were more than happy to spend their hard earned cash on and there were dealers like us woh cashed in on it."
So... What's 'My Take' on this comic book?
First up was the front cover. From the first glance at this cover, you know it is going to be 'hard hitting'. The 'warning' label at the bottom right of the cover confirms that. The use of the black / grey / white / red colors on the cover are striking. Good first impression!
Inside front cover - Good introduction with credits immediately shown. I had picked up the regular cover by Lance Sawyer. There is also a 'variant cover' by Ryan Kincaid.
Splash page - This does make a 'splash' going into it. Hard hitting and with the title of the story being: "Bitch Betta Have My Comics!", the warning label on the front cover is justified right off the bat.
Interior pages - This is a 20 page black & white interior pages comic book. The storyline is set at a good pace and the artwork totally blends in with the story. This is a 'continued series', but the first chapter wraps up nicely. There are a few curse words used in the dialogue as the story unfolds.
The inside back cover is a preview of what is to come in the future... With a photo of George and Lance with their thanks to those that have already supported the effort on getting this series off the ground.
The back cover is a collage of ads which is fine.
I found this first issue a good intro to the series, and the set up for the next issue, "Going To The Show", a logical step in telling the story arc. Where it is going from there... I don't know?!
The last time I personally had set up as comic book dealer was in the boom years of the early to mid 1990's, (well... until this past August at the So Cal Comic Con, 20 years later!), but I don't remember having this much 'fun'! Of course, I was married then, and the comic book setup at cons was a part-time gig for me!
I'm looking forward to seeing where George & Lance take us on this series!
My comic book grade for this first issue is a VERY FINE / NEAR MINT (VF/NM) 9.0 out of a possible 10.0 comic book grading scale. I do want to emphasize the 'Warning' label at the bottom right of the front cover. 'Parental Advisory Explicit Content. It says what it means, folks! No young children!
For those of you on Facebook... You can find more info, and 'Like' the Fan Page at: Comic Book Junkie #1, to interact with the comic book creators and other fans.
You can find this comic book online for purchase at this link: Hypno Comics.
My thanks to George Chase and Lance Sawyer for bringing this comic book series to my attention!
BTW, if YOU are in the Los Angeles Metro Area THIS upcoming weekend...November 5th & 6th... Hypno Comics / Comic Book Junkie will have a booth at the upcoming ComiKaze Expo, which I have blogged about at this link!
~Michael D Hamersky On Comics!
Listening to: Johnny Cash
Reading: Atomic Robo