Press Release: Titan Comics to Publish Bloodborne Comics!

TITAN COMICS TO PUBLISH BLOODBORNE COMICS – BASED ON THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED VIDEOGAME SERIES!

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New original comic adventures based in the eldritch world of the best-selling video game!

Discover the terrifying secrets of Old Yharnam in a brand-new Bloodborne comic series from Titan Comics, which spins out of JAPAN Studio and Fromsoftware’s critically-acclaimed Bloodborne videogame!

The Bloodborne videogame series debuted on PlayStation®4 in late March 2015. As announced at the SCEJA Press Conference 2015, Bloodborne went on to sell more than 2 million copies, as well as expanding the game world with an expansion DLC, “The Old Hunters” which launched on November 24, 2015. Nominated for eight Golden Joystick Awards, the blood-chilling videogame won “PlayStation®4 Game of the Year” and “Best Original Game” in 2015’s Golden Joystick Awards.

In Titan Comics’ new Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep – written by Ales Kot (Generation Gone, Zero), with art by Piotr Kowalski (Wolfenstein, Dark Souls) – a nameless Hunter awakens in an ancient city where horrific beasts stalk the shadows and the streets run slick with the blood of the damned. Seeking an escape from the endless Night of the Hunt, the Hunter embarks upon a dangerous, gore-filled quest with the hopes of ending Yharnam’s twisted endemic.

Bloodborne is one of my all-time favorite games. I put close to two hundred hours into playing it and researching its universe, and that was before I even knew there would be a comic — I was obsessed,” said Bloodborne writer Ales Kot, “I am honored to be working within the Bloodborne universe. There will be mystery, the weird, the eerie, the horrific and the bloody — and there will be an undercurrent of decaying romanticism, walking hand in hand with brain-mashing, soul-cleaving action, together ascending towards the Blood Moon as drawn by the talented and depraved Piotr Kowalski. Ascend with us, Hunters old and new. And do remember — one has to seek Paleblood to transcend the hunt.”

Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep will be available to order from Diamond’s upcoming December edition of PREVIEWS Catalogue. Issue #1 is scheduled to hit comic stores and digital devices in February 2018!

Advance Art Previews and Cover Alternates for Bloodborne Comics 1st issue – Click to see full size

 

 

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Bloodborne #1 – B
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Bloodborne #1 – D

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Graveyard Shakes by Laura Terry #Bookreview

Title: Graveyard Shakes | Author and Illustrator: Laura Terry | Publisher: Graphix | Pub. Date: 2017-9-26 | Pages: 208 | ISBN13: 9780545889551 | Genre: Kids Fantasy Graphic Novel | Language: English | Triggers: 2 child deaths, young boys | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Library


Graveyard Shakes

Katia and Victoria are sisters and scholarship students at a private boarding school. While Victoria tries to fit in, Katia is unapologetic about her quirks, even though their classmates tease her. After a big fight, Katia runs away from school. And when Victoria goes looking for her, she accidentally tumbles into the underworld of a nearby graveyard. It is inhabited by ghosts, ghouls, and a man named Nikola, who is preparing a sinister spell that’s missing one key ingredient.

Victoria teams up with adorable Little Ghost and Nikola’s kindhearted son, and together they search for Katia. They must find her before she becomes Nikola’s next victim!

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Graveyard Shakes Review

I give Laura Terry props for writing and illustrating Graveyard Shakes. I tend to always think that someone does the writing and someone else does the illustrations, so it’s a pleasant surprise to encounter otherwise.  Graveyard Shakes is aimed at middle grade readers. It’s simply laid out, and easy to follow. Because there are two child deaths (neither graphic, pardon the pun), I would advise parents to pre-read it to see if it is suitable for their child. 

The problem with Graveyard Shakes is, essentially, that it’s just kind of forgettable. Even my 8 year old said “Eh, it was good. Just not great” as soon as we finished it. (And she’s a graphic novel fiend.)The illustrations are nice, but not outstanding. The story is a bit darker than I’m used to seeing in a kids book, with two child deaths in it, but nothing that makes an impression. Immediately after finishing it, I went to write this review and realized that I’d already forgotten the older sister’s name. Considering we spend as much time following her as we do Katie and Little Ghost and Modie, that serves as an indicator to her character.

The pacing of Graveyard Shakes is fine. It’s broken up into three parts, with the majority of the book focusing on the second section. The dialogue is adequate, again forgettable, with not a single line I set aside for a quote. There is a cool scene involving a super ghost. The scene involving the second child’s death was very well done. It wasn’t witnessed on page, but inferred in a way that even young readers can understand.

This is Laura Terry’s debut work, and upon learning that, Graveyard Shakes‘ mediocrity makes perfect sense. This is a ‘safe’ story written by someone who definitely has ability, but hasn’t yet found her niche. Given time and a bit more experience, we may see something unique develop as she pushes her boundaries.

Buy Links:

Amazon | ThiftBooks 

 

What I Learned When I Started Reading Graphic Novels

I’ve never been a huge fan of graphic novels. I’ve made that pretty clear. They just never did it for me. The art didn’t appeal and I had trouble sometimes figuring out what panel I was supposed to read next. While I wasn’t the type of person to say ‘Well, it’s not really reading, is it?”, I definitely thought it at least once or twice. However, given my partner reads them, and my eight-year-old loves them… Let’s just say it was inevitable I would say “Okay, geesh, what’s the big deal?” and give them a proper try.

So, what did I find out?

Well, first off, and probably most surprisingly – I found that I wasn’t the only one who sometimes had trouble figuring out what panel I was supposed to read next! You have no idea how happy I am to have found that out. I felt like an idiot because so many people enthuse about how awesome graphic novels are, and I would get a headache just trying to read them sometimes. I like things to be neat and orderly, and that was a rare find in the world of graphic novels.

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The biggest help for me with this has been ComiXology.com (no, this isn’t a paid ad or anything.) ComiXology has this thing called ‘guided reading view’. When you double-click on a panel, it automatically enters you into guided reading view. That starts showing you the book one panel at a time – blown up large to fit your screen – and then when you swipe, it leads you straight to the next panel! Seriously, my enjoyment of graphic novels went up by AT LEAST 25% when I could suddenly just sit back and just read the story. And it’s not one of those things you had to search to find, either. Guided Reading is easy to spot and start. I love it.

I learned that I have no interest in superhero comics. And that that’s okay. Because there are lots of graphic novels out there for me to read that don’t involve superheroes! (Who else out there basically had that misconception? I know it couldn’t just have been me.) I think I started to realize this when I was reading some of my child’s graphic novels with her. Books like Ghosts and El Deafo. But those are kids books, so I didn’t really even consider if it would apply to adult books, too. The possibilities for adult reads hit my awareness when I snagged a copy of Saga Vol 1 while at Barnes & Noble and gave it a read. And then when I read Lumberjanes Vol 1 shortly thereafter, I started to really get interested.Book cover for Scooby Apocalypse #1

Finally, I saw Scooby Apocalypse at B&N and every time I was in there, I found myself wandering over to have a look at it. I just couldn’t convince myself to pay $16.00 for a comic book! And that, ladies and gents, led to me voluntarily buying my very first (e-book) graphic novel. And I loved it. Absolutely loved it. So much more than I thought I would. I got into Scooby Apocalypse in a way I normally only get into purely-print books. 

I discovered that I’m definitely a bit of a style snob. There were several books that I picked up, looked at a few pages, and then put right back down. The ‘look’ of them did nothing for me, so I didn’t want to keep reading. I’m probably missing some good stories, but if I don’t enjoy what I’m looking at, what’s the point?  And then, right on the heels of learning that I’m a style snob, I also learned that if I give a story a chance, it might hook me anyways. (Still not going to stop me from not giving most books a chance because of the artwork, though.)  The Manhattan Projects Vol 1 brought that point home to me.  I disliked the artwork intensely, but I needed to read more.

So, all positive things thus far, right? I’m painting a rosy picture of reading graphic novels, aren’t I? I’ve learned a lot of positive things about graphic novels since I started reading them. And I have to say I’ll definitely pick up more of them in the future to read. I’m learning what I like and don’t like, and figure my experience can only get better.

But…Graphic Novels Still Lack Something

I still don’t get the same feeling of fulfillment from graphic novels that I get from reading books. (Maybe this is because they stretch out their stories over issue upon issue instead of just giving me one complete story?) I don’t like it when writers parcel out their story into bite-sized pieces, and I don’t like it in graphic novels either. I know it’s a different format, and that the drawing and stuff takes longer to do. I also don’t care. I’ll borrow these from the library, but I’m not going buy a lot of graphic novels. I’m just not interested in spending a lot of money on a story that if, in written format, I could probably get in one or two books.

And I learned that I still prefer non-illustrated work. Graphic novels are definitely fun, but they have a place and a time for me. They’re good for me to read when I don’t feel like devoting the brain power to reading a non-illustrated work. The horror/scary themed ones I’ve read were mostly fun to read (Wytches aside), but they didn’t even come close to spooking me. Scooby Apocalypse is fun, but if it wasn’t for a lingering affection from watching Scooby Doo growing up, I can’t say I’d have ever sought it out.  I’ll read more of it in the future, but it just didn’t have the sci-fi bones I crave.

Overall…

Overall, I have to say that it’s been an interesting and positive experience reading graphic novels. I can no longer say that graphic novels just aren’t my thing because some of them definitely are. I’ve learned that even the graphic novels like Lumberjanes and Scooby Apocalypse are fun to read with my kiddo. Once I started enjoying them, it ratcheted up my enjoyment of reading them with her. We were both in stitches over Lumberjanes Vol 1. And finally, I’ve learned to appreciate the depths of what is available for people like me, who aren’t interested in superhero books but still want to read graphic novels.


What about you? Are you a graphic novel fan? What are some of your favorites?

Did you ever have trouble reading graphic novels?

Talk to me!

 

Three Non-Superhero Comics to Read With Your Kids

I don’t know about you, but one of the things I don’t have any interest in reading about in comic books is… super-heroes. So, of course, I stayed away from comics/graphic novels for the longest time for a few reasons, but mainly because I thought they were all going to be about superheroes. Turns out, luckily, that’s not true at all! So here are three (one from each genre of SF/F/H) non-superhero comics worth checking out with your kiddos. (Pictures lead to Goodreads.)

 

 

Pinky and StinkyPinky and Stinky by James Kochalka

Pinky and Stinky are fat little piglets, but because they’re cuties that doesn’t mean they’re not brave astronauts. Packed with action, adventure, and little cuties.

Color or B/W: Black and White

Violence: Some violence and threats of violence, but very basic stuff with no blood, etc.

Opinion: At first I didn’t think I was going to like Pinky & Stinky, but it grew on me fairly quickly. Definitely one for younger readers, but adults might have fun reading it out loud with their kids. It’s silly and delightful.

Rating: 4 out of 5


Alabaster Shadows.jpgAlabaster Shadows by Matt Gardner and Rashad Doucet

Carter Normandy knows there’s something weird about the neighborhood he and his family move into. Maybe it’s the physics-defying leak in the basement, or the way all the adults seem to look down on kids like they’re scum. With the help of his new friends, Carter discovers a whole other world alongside his seemingly normal community-a world filled with terrifying monsters. A world the adults of the community already know all about. Now it’s up to Carter and his friends to keep these monsters from crossing over into our world, or face the dire consequences!

A gorgeously illustrated mystery perfect for fans of Gravity Falls with just a hint of Lovecraftian horror.

Color or B/W: Color

Violence: Basically none. A small fight with a sea monster that just shows a kid getting wrapped up in a tentacle.

Diversity: Yes, racial.

Opinion: Oh, I loved this one. I could have done a full review on it. (And might in the future.) Beautifully drawn and colored, with an intriguing storyline and interesting characters, Alabaster Shadows is a great pick for middle-grade+ readers.

Rating: 5 out of 5


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Princeless by Jeremy Whitley and Mia Goodwin

Still waiting for your prince to come? Tired of spending night after night locked in a secluded tower? Ready for your own adventure? So are we.Princeless is the story of Princess Adrienne, one princess who’s tired of waiting to be rescued. Join Adrienne and her guardian dragon, Sparky, as they begin their own quest in an all-ages action adventure designed specifically for those who are tired of waiting to be rescued… and who are ready to save themselves.

Color or B/W: Color

Violence: Inferred, never witnessed. And typical getting eaten by dragons stuff.

Diversity: Yes, racial.

Opinion: While this probably technically for middle grade+ readers, I would have no problem with (and intend on) reading it with my 8-year-old. Princeless has a sassy, bold main character who is determined to get control of her life and be the hero her sisters need. It’s well-drawn, funny, and well-worth reading.

Rating: 5 out of 5


 

These were all very entertaining reads for various reasons. I’ll definitely be continuing on with two of the series. I do recommend pre-reading them to see if they’re suitable for your particular child. Alabaster Shadows is the one that has a horror tinge to it, but it’s really just a tinge. If you’re wanting to get your child introduced to the Lovecraft mythos, it would be a great way to ease them into it.

Let me know if there are any non-superhero comics you recommend for kids so I can check them out!

Pandora: End of Days #BookReview (Horror Manga)

Title: Pandora: End of Days (Vol 1&2) | Series: Pandora: End of Days | Writer: Peter J. Ang | Editor: Michael Mcdonough | Illustrator: Jin Song Kim | Publisher: Real Interface Studios | Pages: 204 | ASIN: B00990PAQQ | Genre: Horror | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 1 out of 5 | Source: Kindle Unlimited |


Pandora: End of Days

The most amazing archaeological discovery of our time– a sarcophagus from an ancient civilization that predates the Egyptian Pyramids by more than fifty thousand years–is being broadcast as a live public exhibit on national TV.

But in their haste to reveal a glimpse of what could be the origin of mankind, the scholars of the OBARI Foundation instead unleash an ancient plague upon the modern world.

This is the age-old story of the curious–and of those who must race to close the door on what should never have been opened . . .

This is PANDORA, the End of Days…

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Pandora: End of Days Review

 

In my quest to expand my knowledge of graphic novels, I picked up Pandora: End of Days by Peter J. Ang. It is a combination of volumes 1 &2. I hadn’t yet read anything considered manga yet and figured a zombie horror was the perfect first choice. I was so wrong.

The art was pretty, and that’s pretty much the only nice thing I have to say about Pandora: End of Days. Jin Song Kim is a very competent illustrator who drew Pandora with a sure hand. I think part of my distaste might simply be that after a few pages, it just didn’t feel like zombie horror was an appropriate subject for this particular drawing style. The illustrations were just too… pretty… to be suited for horror. And the pages filled with close-ups of monster faces and lots of “?!!” and “Arggh!” wording and gun sound effects got old quick. I don’t know how the writer and the illustrator work together, so I don’t want to lay this all at one particular person’s feet. Whoever was responsible for it, though, was just adding unimaginative filler to a fairly lengthy graphic novel.

Pandora: End of Days had a chance to be interesting. Yes, it was obviously going to be about zombies, but for a while it looked like they were going to take a fresh look at things. Nope. Within pages, it devolved into your basic zombie novel that was quickly drained of any vestiges of originality.

One of the things that really bothered me was that they were clearly portraying actual politicians, but were lazy about doing so. “Governor Chrisey” instead of “Governor Christy”, for example. I understand that for obvious reasons they couldn’t use actual names, but just changing one letter felt ridiculous. Surely they could have trusted their readers to get the point without doing a middle-school writing trick that just felt cheap?

Obviously, I wasn’t very happy with this book. Pandora: End of Days has been my most disappointing graphic novel read to date. I was actually annoyed by the time I got done reading it. Needless to say, I can’t say I’m eager to pick up another manga book anytime soon. (I will say that the kindle edition was easy to read and very well formatted. That wasn’t an issue at all.)

PANDORA: End of Days

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Ten Sci-Fi & Horror Graphic Novels We Want to Read

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This Tuesday we’re talking graphic novels. Scary words, especially to the sci-fi half of the Sci-Fi & Scary duo. Graphic novels are defined as ‘a novel in comic strip format’.  In the past ten years or so, the graphic novel industry has fairly exploded. Something that’s evident by the varied offerings now being displayed.

Graphic novels are also good for starting debates with people. For example, just lean over and whisper to someone reading one: “But, well, they’re not really books are they?” and then… run. Running is good. Probably the only question about books that would raise greater insult would be to insist that listening to an audiobook isn’t really ‘reading’.

The Top Ten Tuesday weekly prompt is brought to you courtesy of Broke and Bookish.  (PS: Covers go to Goodreads.)


 

 

Lilyn’s 3 Sci-Fi Graphic Novels to Read

Alright, I’d like to remind everyone yet again that I don’t do graphic novels. Well, unless they’re kids books. Those are okay. I’ve found one, maybe two, graphic novels for adults that I’ve enjoyed. So, for me to say I want to read these actually means something because I look at most of them and go “Eugh”.

 
Book cover for FaithFaith is on my list because it’s not some slim, svelte chick with perfect hair who is a seductress by day on the cover. Instead, Faith looks happy and like she genuinely enjoys life. Plus, who can’t empathize with just wanting to post cat videos and snark online?

Author: Jody Houser

 

 

 

 

Book cover for Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur‘s cover caught my attention immediately. Then I read the description, eyeballed a preview, and decided I needed to read this. Bright colors, dinosaurs, and a diverse MC. What’s not to like?

Author: Amy Reeder

 

 

 

 

 

Book cover for Saga Vol 1

I’ve seen Saga everywhere! After a while, it just sort of seeps into your head that “you really oughtta read that one”. Plus, I mean, multiracial couple with the chick nursing on the cover. I really need to know what the deal with the rams horns and odd wings.  Actually, now I’m really curious. Hmm.

Author: Brian K. Vaughan

 

 

 

 

 

GracieKat’s 5 Horror Graphic Novels to Read

Book cover for Museum of Terror I like the story of Tomie in Museum of Terror and the art style looks appealing. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

Author: Junji Ito

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book cover for Le Potrait de Petite CossettThe art style looks cool in Le Portrait de Petite Cossett, the story looks very interesting and I’m a sucker for haunted/cursed paintings! (Who isn’t? Except for Dorian Grey. That’s just…creepy.)

Author: Asuka Katsura

 

 

 

 

 

Book cover for Silent Hill Sinner's RewardSilent Hill: Sinner’s Reward is one of the few Silent Hill comics  I don’t have. Even though they’re not really considered canon with the series they’re still interesting stories.

Authors: Steph Stamb, Tom Waltz

 

 

 

 

 

Book cover for Locke and Key Vol 1I actually do have this one but I haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet. I wanted it because I’ve liked other books by Joe Hill and…Lovecraft!

(Side note from Lilyn: I actually have the audible dramatised version of this. I haven’t got very far through it because I get distracted by other things, but it’s creepy as all beat!)

Authors: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez

 

 

 

Book cover for From HellI love the movie From Hell but, as always, I’ve heard the book is better.

Authors: Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell

 

Grumpy Cat Vol 1 (Kids Graphic Novel)

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Bok! Bok! Boom! Review

What’s it about?

The second book in the Kung Pow Chicken series, Bok Bok Boom follows Kung Pow and Egg Drop in an adventure to rescue a chicknapped singer from world-famous sound scientist Dr. Screech.

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My Review of Bok! Bok! Boom!

With funny illustrations, a simple story line, and superhero chickens, Bok! Bok! Boom is perfect for 1st-3rd graders that enjoy graphic novels or that you want to introduce to graphic novels.

The superheroes are 2nd grade chickens with normal fears (like spiders) that just happened to have been put in a situation which gave them superpowers. They depend on others for help, they want to do the right thing, and they positively hate opera. (What 2nd grader wouldn’t?!)

Education Wise: The book included a super simple education piece in sound waves, which I thought was neat. It also had a bit about compound words after the story was finished. It also reinforces coming to adults for help when you can’t figure out how to do something.

Random bits like leotard wedgies are included to make the kids laugh, which only adds overall to this light-hearted chicken superhero story. There are definitely some Spiderman and Batman qualities to Kung Pow Chicken, so if you’re not sure if your little reader is quite ready for the ‘big time’ super heroes, this may be the perfect stepping stone.

4 Star Rating

Click here to find Bok! Bok! Boom!: A Branches Book (Kung Pow Chicken #2) now on Amazon.com

Title: Bok! Bok! Boom! | Series: Kung Pow Chicken | Author: Cyndi Marko (site) | Publisher: Scolastic, Inc (site) | Publication Date: 2014-3-25 | Pages: 80 | ISBN13: 9780545610643 | Guided Reading Level: N | Genre: Childrens | Date Read: 2015-11-14 | Source: Library

Top 5 Wednesday: Graphic Novels

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Ooh, boy, this is a hard one for me. I, generally, can’t stand comic books, graphic novels, or comic strip collections. None of them do anything but give me a headache. With that being said, I have read some, and Miss L absolutely loves them. …So, we’re going to do a….

 

“Our” Top 5 Graphic Novels.

(Just click on the pics to be taken to the associated Goodreads pages)

Well, there you have it. Yes, I know the list begins and ends with Bad Kitty books. Honestly, its because the Bad Kitty books are the only graphic novels I can even come close to saying I enjoy reading.

If it wasn’t for the fact that I have a 6 year old who loves them, I flat out would happily never read another graphic novel for the rest of my life.

Reblogged: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

gave a great review of another frequently banned book – Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood.

Do you remember reading Persepolis in school? I didn’t like it, but not for any ‘real’ reason. Mine was more simply a “I don’t like graphic novels” than any true distaste for the material.  Even so, not liking the book, the fact that idiots try to ban it just ticks me off!

(click on the pic to be taken to the original review.)

Source: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi