Ryan Burton teams up with John Bivens for an all-new ongoing series that blends elements of dark fantasy and action with mystery.
With ribsword in hand, with gore in her curling locks, Sym has been sent to the distant past to murder her creators’ enemies. But the twisted alchemists who made Sym do not know that the engine that powers her is sentient, that it is the seed of their destruction. By blood and by fury, Sym will carve out her destiny in this new ongoing series.
DARK ENGINE is about the evil things that lurk inside us all. “Some drive us, some are alive and thinking. And Sym will learn just exactly what drives her, and why she was sent back in time to essentially murder anything standing,” explained Burton. “Of course, John [Bivens] does a brilliant job of capturing the enormous scope of the story, whether it’s showing the stygian machinations of Sym’s creators or the harrowing vistas that are littered with the husks of old Lovecraftian monsters, it’s all there.”
DARK ENGINE #1 arrives in stores on 7/16, and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140574.
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This looks sweet!
Here’s your chance to have OOSA artist paulmaybury draw your favorite character(s) for you. But hurry! The commissions will only be open until the end of April and there are only 10 slots available. The first 3 to sign up get a copy of Paul’s sketch book “Morebury”.
Get yours here.
Come one, come all to Paul Pope’s Escapo book launch event! Featuring exclusive merchandise sales (10% of proceeds benefit CBLDF) and a performance by The Jim Jones Revue, this Saturday at Webster Hall in NYC. More info here…
Kudos to elizabreitweiser, one of the best industry colorists, on her great news.
Hello! I’m finally ready to share some exciting news with all 5 of you who follow my career (hey, mom!). I have partnered up with writer Robert Kirkman (creator of The Walking Dead) and illustrator Paul Azaceta as the colorist of their new horror series, Outcast. Here’s our cover for #1. Be sure to keep an eye out for it this June! The first issue will be a whopping double-sized 44 pages for the regular price of $2.99. Can’t beat that.
Last week I wrote this piece for Comic Book Resources about the new Teen Titans #1 cover. The point of the piece was hey, there’s a broad demographic DC *could* be hitting with this book but the cover is certainly not made for that potential demographic. Instead, it’s more of the same-old,…
The quote that stopped me dead in my tracks?
"At first I wasn’t going to talk about the rape threats because honestly, most of the women I know with a solid online presence get them regularly. This is just a thing we are forced to deal with."
One hopes the majority of rationale comics consumers hopes there is a day no one online has to deal with abhorrent conduct of that kind.
John Byrne, Jim Engel and Chuck Fiala from Fandom Confidential #1. 1982.
John had this to say about the word “Fanboy” in 2004:
I was “present at conception” for the word “fanboy”. A bit of backstory:
I was living in Chicago at the time, and “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” was undergoing one of its many revivals on the local PBS station. One of the skits featured Michael Palin and Carol Cleveland in Elizabeth dress, with him trying to determine the title of a book she is reading. Finally it is revealed to be “Gayboys in Bondage” by William Shakespeare. This became a gag phrase in the Chi area for a while after the airing of the episode.
Cut to a few months later. Jim Engel and Chuck Fiala, who had been perpetrating the enormously popular “Fandom Confidential” fumetti strip in the late COMIC READER were about to produce a collected volume of the strips and, as local Chicago lads, asked me if I would care to appear in the “obligatory new pages”. I agreed, and Jim concocted in story in which the two of them came to my studio and basically ran riot, destroying pages and causing me much angst and agita.
The payoff for this scene came when the two of them realized they had been in my presence for more than 10 minutes, and were therefore about to undergo the transformation that happens to all fans when they are in my presence for more than 10 minutes. In the last shot they are on their knees grovelling before me, declaring me to be the greatest of the greatest, while I cock a wry eyebrow to the camera and say “Just a couple of fanboys in bondage!”
The word caught on, and immediately became the prejorative for that kind of over-the-top fan. As with so many such things, sloppy usage led it to becoming just another word for “fan”, but here in the Byrne Forum every effort has been made to restore its original connotation.
After all, what’s the point of having 2 words to describe the same thing?
Happy birthday to Chuck Dixon, writer of G.I. Joe: Special Missions (art for cover 9 here by Paul Gulacy) and pretty much every other character in the known universe.
Jack Davis at his drawing board from the 1948 University of Georgia Pandora yearbook.
Just learned there is a nonprofit devoted to studying the vast work of the great Jack Davis.