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Dark Horse Comics’ The Mask is Back! & Running for President?

23 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics

Released Oct 16, 2019

I’ve been a fan of Dark Horse Comics’ The Mask way before the movies and cartoons. While these alternative takes were fun and light-hearted, I missed the darker quality which existed in the comic books. I kept up when it was shuffled to Mayhem–back when this franchise’s future was in doubt. When other versions took precedence (and the publisher had crossovers, including with a certain clown prince of crime), I took a break.

I’ve been wanting to see this franchise return to its roots and “I Pledge Allegiance” serves up a lot of blood and vindictiveness. This latest chapter can not be any timelier due to the political climate of our times. I’m also amused the first issue is coming off the heels of the just as socially charged The Joker movie.

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Ezra Daniel’s Sci-Fi Upgrade Soul gets a Digital Upgrade

19 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Ezra Claytan Daniels‘ digital comic Upgrade Soul is literally getting an upgrade. This version of the 3D comic will relaunch on October 25th with the more content. The original release was never complete. When considering how often the graphics engine has improved over time, perhaps the effects will truly leap at readers. The ‘free’ version offers chapter one for all to read, and for the remainder of October, the entire digital comic can be unlocked for $6.99 USD. On November 1, the price will increase by $1.

The haunting soundtrack from Alexis Gideon gives the reading experience a unique pleasure. The compositions truly add to the atmosphere because it’s in sync with the narrative. FPE Records vinyl release makes for a terrific side-journey for those nights when all folks want is a little ambience for the Halloween season. If you like Goblin, then this album is for you! Two versions are available for purchase: a regular black and a limited edition run on translucent orange, with red markings and a signed print by Daniels. Of the latter, only 100 copies will be released worldwide.

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An Interview with Nevin Arnold on Monsterella and Crowdsourcing

17 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Supporting locally made comics is a passion for some, and to have a ringleader in charge helps wrangle everyone together. Nevin Arnold’s love for anthology works and comics started at a very young age. His career in illustration led him to draw for Americanime Productions with “Honor of the Damned.” To have works published in Joe Shuster and Gene Day’s award winning work Epic Canadiana #2 with “Ghost-Woman” speaks for itself. This eventually led him to develop his own brand of comics.

Readers of Calvarera the Undead will be thrilled to see him as the brains behind Monsterella under the Hangman Comics banner. Chatting with him was an absolute pleasure, and I had to ask:

So what led you to the realm of all things dark, morbid and disturbing with the horror genre?

I remember spending my allowance renting old beta/vhs horror and science fiction movies, werewolves, vampires, aliens, and lots and lots of Godzilla. I’d buy from everywhere! Monsters were not only fun to draw, they made every story better. I guess Elvira (she was my first love) introduced me to a world beyond Saturday morning cartoons and I just never came back!

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Bela Lugosi Lives! Dracula re-told courtesy of Legendary Comics!

15 Oct

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By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Legendary Comics, in partnership with the Lugosi Estate and writer Kerry Gammill, announced Bram Stoker’s Dracula, os set for release in late 2020. Although the wait will be long, to see the novel fully rendered with Lugosi’s distinct look will be something to read. My introduction to horror was with the classic film; and although it freaked me out when I was a wee tyke–having ran from my babysitter’s home back to my own (it was across the street)–it did not stop me from becoming a lover of the tale of terror when I had a better understanding of the horrors to come.

This new graphic novel will feature art by El Garing. One look at his DeviantArt page he is the right talent to bring Lugosi back to life in all his enchanting glory.

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