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Throne of Atlantis–The Justice League Battles Aquaman’s Brother & the Atlanteans!

October 24th, 2012 Comments off

Throne of Atlantis comics at TFAW.comThis December, Geoff Johns pits the Justice League against Aquaman’s brother and the whole of Atlantis! The new Throne of Atlantis story begins in Justice League #15 and continues in the pages of Aquaman.

As the team grows to trust each other, they’re going to deal with some of the things they don’t know about each other. This is the debut of Atlantis to the New 52 universe, and you can bet that the surface world will never be the same after this story. Throne of Atlantis marches us toward DC’s tentpole event of 2013, Trinity War, so don’t miss out on any of the action!

Like we’ve done for all of DC’s special crossovers–Death of the Family, Rotworld, H’EL on Earth, Throne of Atlantis, Hawkman Wanted, Rise of the Third Army, and Before Watchmen–we’ve created a special page that will serve as your one-stop shop for all the Throne of Atlantis comics.

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Are you excited for this story? Are you digging Aquaman? Post your comments below!

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September Product Review Contest Winners Announced

October 16th, 2012 Comments off

Wow! Thanks to everyone who submitted amazing product reviews last month. As part of our monthly Product Review Contest, we’ve picked people who submitted product reviews and are awarding $25 gift certificates to the people who posted them.

Clay from Venice, CA is the first of this month’s winners. Here’s one of his reviews for our Spawn Origins HC Vol. 1:

Just ordered this item I already know what’s inside but haven’t ‘read’ it in many years… don’t forget that at Amazon this item is nearly $6.00 more! It’s unheard of to undercut Amazon! Make sure you check with TFAW everytime you make a Comic Book or related purchase… and what with the FREE Shipping by getting the TFAW Newsletter, you see right there that you can SAVE a Amazing amount of Buckage! Also, in my humble opinion I’d rather shop TFAW in my Comic Book Buying Area… that is since 1979 there… Amazon wasn’t around back then!

Lucas from Huntsville, Ontario also wrote a review that caught our eye. His review of the Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith – Spiral #1 was short, but it got us interested in the book:

I love the introduction of the Lost Tribe of the Sith…great idea and the tribe will bring many wonderful story’s to the Star Wars universe! P.S. Let’s hope they don’t kill them off to quickly there are still plenty of use for them :)

Jason from Portland, OR wrote a few reviews last month, one of which was for Earth 2 #3.

Kind of clunky beginning so far. Not bad, but need to give it a few more issues to see where it’s going once they get over the awkward super hero meetings.

Thanks so much to everyone who’s written reviews last month. You’re helping people decide what to read (or not to read) next.

So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors, and us, sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

HOW TO SUBMIT A PRODUCT REVIEW:
It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

Questions? Comments? Let us know below!

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TFAW Premieres New Zombie Video From 10 Bridges Media

October 15th, 2012 Comments off

10 Bridges Media, a fantastic video production company in the Portland area, has created a zombie-themed video for us–check it out below:

This video debuted at our Walking Dead Party and Charlie Adlard Gallery and the premiere of The Walking Dead Season 3 at the Hollywood Theatre! Check out pictures for these events here, here, and here, and don’t forget to browse Walking Dead comics and more right here at TFAW.com!

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Behind the Masks: Alex Ross Talks Dynamite & Pulp Heroes

October 15th, 2012 Comments off

Masks ComicsOne of the most exciting things about Dynamite’s upcoming series Masks is Alex Ross’s return to full interior art for the debut issue! Not only will readers be able to enjoy the Green Hornet, Kato, The Shadow, The Spider, and Zorro together in one book, but they’ll see them fully painted by one of comics’ most talented artists.

We were able to get Ross to step away from his easel for a few moments to answer our questions as part of our Behind the Masks series! Read on to learn more about his role in Masks going forward, what drew him to the series, and how he stays inspired.

TFAW.com: What’s your personal relationship to the pulp heroes of Masks?

Alex Ross: I’ve been familiar with a lot of the early radio show characters like The Shadow since I was a child, and also of the artwork that illustrated characters like these from various history books on comics and fantasy. I’m always intrigued with the idea of who came first, and that somehow there’s a special importance to characters that are the first embodiment of what we embrace as the superhero today.

TFAW.com: You’re painting the entirety of issue #1; what will your role be in Masks going forward?

AR: Aside from contributing to the main story framework, into which Chris has integrated most of my suggestions, I will continue to do covers and designs where needed.

TFAW.com: What are your favorite, and least favorite, aspects of doing interior work?

Masks ComicsAR: I really enjoy getting immersed in a story, but the workload can be very daunting. Consider that a cover illustration is one big composition, focusing on either a single element or a group of elements, whereas a storytelling page has multiple compositions within it, and often a lot of research needs to go into background detail and other elements. These are the necessary parts of telling a story, but they can sometimes be intimidating, so there’s a love/hate relationship I have with doing interiors.

TFAW.com: Was there a particular character you were especially excited to work on?

AR: The Shadow was the most appealing to me because of his uniqueness of facial structure. To me it’s fascinating that the first colorful character that launched all superheroes after him has anything but what we could consider idealistic features as the majority do today. I thought it would be an important part of my history to have illustrated him in a full story.

TFAW.com: Your schedule keeps you incredibly busy; how do you stay inspired?

AR: I’m lucky to be able to work with comic characters in the first place, because all of these fantastic elements have no other reason to exist than to inspire and seem like fun. There are always compositional things I’ve never attempted yet that I have to learn about, and there’s always more I can do to progress as a painter. I don’t always change up what I do, but I have a chance with each new composition to advance somewhere and certainly try out things that I can learn from others.

TFAW.com: What does Dynamite offer you that other publishers haven’t?

AR: I’ve had a strong, easygoing involvement and relationship with them that gives me a voice in what they do with the various properties the company has, as well as very strong oversight in all the books I’m working on, from initial layouts to final color art and lettering. It’s important to be able to see the job through to the furthest extent possible, and it’s nice to know they can allow me that input.

TFAW.com: Do you have a “bucket list” of characters you want to paint during your lifetime?

AR: I do in a way, but I’ve also hit more than I ever expected to. I keep thinking that the number of characters I’d like to touch upon are coming to a close, but then some other property that I have a fascination with pops up. It’s not so much that I can provide a list, just that I’m often surprised by the opportunities that I’ve been fortunate enough to have come my way. To date, I’ve worked with almost every fantasy property that affected me from my entire life.

Our thanks again to Ross for the insightful interview! Make sure to pre-order your copies of Masks #1 and #2 today!

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Are you excited for Masks? What classic pulp heroes are you hoping to see?

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Buy Spider-Man Comics While You Still Can: ASM #700 Ends the Series

October 12th, 2012 Comments off

Buy Spider-Man comics at TFAW.com: ASM #700 ends the series!Amazing Spider-Man relaunched in 2008 with a three-times-a-month publishing schedule. With epic storylines like The Gauntlet and Grim Hunt, it’s remained a consistently good book over the years, offering new spins on classic heroes and villains.

All good things must come to an end, and that time is now. We’re now taking pre-orders for the final issue: Amazing Spider-Man #700. The issue weighs in at 104 pages and you’ll save 20% off the $7.99 price, making your copy just $6.39.

Don’t cry for too long, though. You’ll still be able to buy Spider-Man comics. Plus, he’ll be back soon in the new Superior Spider-Man series. We’ll update the Marvel NOW! page when the first issue is available for pre-order (likely later this month).

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Walking Dead Weekend: See Charlie Adlard’s Art + Watch Season 3 for FREE!

October 10th, 2012 Comments off

Walking Dead Party & Charlie Adlard Gallery ShowLove The Walking Dead? Live in the Portland area? This is the weekend for you! TFAW is hosting two incredible all-ages events, making this a true Walking Dead Weekend. Even better: it’s all free!

First, celebrate the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead at our Walking Dead Party & Charlie Adlard Gallery Show October 13 at the Portland TFAW from 7:00-10:00 p.m. This is a rare opportunity to see Adlard’s original Walking Dead art in person! Free food and beer (for those 21+ with valid ID) provided.

We’ll be displaying 15 pieces of Charlie Adlard’s art from The Walking Dead, including original pages featuring characters like Rick, Michonne, and Andrea, as well as some fantastic zombie sketches. Plus, bundles of The Walking Dead #100, including variants A-H, will be available for just $20!

Plus, ALL of the art on display is available for purchase through Splash Page Comic Art! Click here to browse!

Enter our Walking Dead Costume Contest to win prizes from Skybound Entertainment and TFAW, and pose in front of the green screen to see yourself on Facebook after the event.

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Walking Dead Season 3 Free ScreeningsNext, you’ve heard the rumblings: it’s true, Things From Another World is once again sponsoring FREE screenings of The Walking Dead at the Hollywood Theatre at 4122 NE Sandy Blvd starting October 14. This is an all-ages event, so spread the word!

Join your fellow zombie fans at 7:00 p.m. PST October 14 for the premiere of The Walking Dead Season 3 with hosts cortandfatboy. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., so get there early to grab a beer and a seat!

AMC’s The Walking Dead has been a critical and ratings smash, and Season 3 promises new locations, new characters, and shocking deaths. Now’s the time to get your zombie on–make sure to RSVP, and spread the word to your friends!

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Now is the Time to Buy Hellboy Comics–A New Era for Hellboy

October 9th, 2012 Comments off

Hellboy in Hell #1 at TFAW.comIt’s pretty clear that now is the time to buy Hellboy comics. An all-new era for the world’s greatest Paranormal investigator is so close we can taste it. After saving the world in Hellboy: The Storm and Hellboy: The Fury, but sacrificing himself and Great Britain, Hellboy is dead, cast into Hell, where he finds many familiar faces, and a throne that awaits him.

Mike Mignola returns to draw Hellboy’s ongoing story for the first time since The Conqueror Worm. Hellboy in Hell is a story only Mignola could tell, as more of Hellboy’s secrets are at last revealed, in the most bizarre depiction of Hell you’ve ever seen.

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Character Bio: Zorro of Dynamite’s Masks

October 8th, 2012 Comments off

Zorro ComicsGreen Hornet. The Shadow. Zorro. The Spider. Kato. They — and other classic pulp heroes — are joining forces this November in Dynamite Entertainment’s Masks, a new ongoing series from Chris Roberson and Alex Ross.

Need to get caught up on who’s who? As part of our special “Behind the Masks” promotion, we’re offering character bios on these iconic heroes. This week, we’re focusing on Zorro!

Zorro (originally called Señor Zorro) is a fictional character created in 1919 by pulp writer Johnston McCulley. He has been featured in several books, films, television series, and other media.

Zorro (Spanish for fox) is the secret identity of Don Diego de la Vega (originally Don Diego Vega), a nobleman and master swordsman living in the Spanish colonial era of California. The character has undergone changes through the years, but the typical image of him is a black-clad masked outlaw who defends the people of the land against tyrannical officials and other villains. Not only is he much too cunning and foxlike for the bumbling authorities to catch, but he delights in publicly humiliating those same foes.

The character’s visual motif is typically a black costume with a flowing Spanish cape, a flat-brimmed Andalusian-style hat, and a black cowl mask that covers the top of the head from eye level upwards. In his first appearance, he wears a cloak instead of a cape, a black mask covering his whole face with slits for eyes, and a sombrero.

His favored weapon is a rapier which he often uses to leave his distinctive mark, a Z made with three quick cuts. He also uses a bullwhip, rather like the later Indiana Jones. In his debut, he used a pistol.

The fox is never depicted as Zorro’s emblem, but as a metaphor for the character’s wiliness!

From the Disney television show theme: “Zorro, ‘the Fox,’ so cunning and free…”

Masks #1 will feature fully painted interiors by Alex Ross — his first since 2003! Make sure to pre-order Masks #1 today and save 20%. To learn more, browse our inventory of Zorro comics!

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Andrew Huerta Takes Us on an Adventure With Pathfinder Comics

October 3rd, 2012 Comments off

Pathfinder ComicsPaizo Publishing’s Pathfinder game is one of the most popular and successful fantasy roleplaying games in the world. Designed to be backward-compatible with Dungeons & Dragons 3.5, it’s won millions of fans and created a whole new world for them to explore.

Dynamite Entertainment’s Pathfinder comics are set to be just as addictive as the original game, created with the full participation of Paizo. Written by Jim Zub (see our interview with him and Paizo’s Erik Mona) with the dynamic artwork of Andrew Huerta, issue #1 got a lot of buzz.

We had the chance to interview Andrew Huerta this month and picked his brain about the most difficult part of bringing Pathfinder to life in comics and what he’d like to do next! Plus, enjoy the five-page preview of Pathfinder #2, give to us by our friends at Dynamite!

TFAW.com: How did you become involved with the Pathfinder comics?

Andrew Huerta: [Pathfinder writer] Jim Zubkavich found me on Deviantart and was a fan of my artwork. When Dynamite hired Jim to be the writer for Pathfinder and they didn’t have an artist for the book yet, he recommended me along with some other artists. I sent Dynamite some samples with some character designs, and the rest is history.

TFAW.com: Had you played the game previously?

AH: I have not. One day I hope to remedy that, though.

TFAW.com: How closely involved was Paizo when it came time to design the characters, etc.

AH: There hasn’t been much designing on my part. Everything I’ve drawn has already been designed by Paizo and their various artists. I mostly just look at the game books and Internet for reference to make sure everything stays consistent with the comic and game.

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TFAW.com: What were the most challenging aspects of creating this world?

AH: The toughest part for me is trying to make Pathfinder feel and look epic. Another thing is making Pathfinder look familiar and unique at the same time, but also try to make it feel like this world could really exist.

TFAW.com: What’s your favorite type of scene to draw?

AH: I like the quiet scenes that don’t have any dialogue. It puts all of the storytelling weight on the art alone, so I have to make sure everything from the expressions, pacing, and body language is on point.

TFAW.com: How did you get started drawing comics?

AH: I started as a freelance artist drawing a lot of indy books and various commission work. One job lead to another, and now I’m finally here.

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TFAW.com: Who are some of your favorite artists?

AH: There are too many. I love any of the Japanese artists on properties like Final Fantasy, Xenogears, Legend of Zelda, and Breath of Fire. Guys like Frank Frazetta, Joe Madureira, Akira Toriyama, Yoshitaka Amano, Moebius, Bengus, and Kentaro Miura. I try to figure out why their work has so much appeal and apply that essence and energy into my work. I’m also figuring out how to maintain the quality in my art while still being fast.

TFAW.com: What comics are you reading right now?

AH: Invincible, Bloodshot and Pathfinder.

TFAW.com: What type of project would you like to tackle next?

AH: I love working on well-known properties and other people’s ideas, but I’ve been really getting the urge to work on my own stories. I have a few ideas and one day I hope I get the chance to bring those ideas to life.

Our thanks to Andrew Huerta for a great interview. Still haven’t read the new Pathfinder comics? Issue #1 is still available on our site: order it, and issues #2 through #4 today!

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Which comic books are you looking forward to this week? Post your comments below!

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Amy Reeder Chats About Her Career in Comics and Halloween Eve

October 1st, 2012 Comments off

Halloween EveWe’ve done some fantastic Women in Comics interviews, and we’re psyched to have had the chance to chat with artist Amy Reeder. We loved her work on Madame Xanadu and Batwoman and are looking forward to her upcoming one-shot with  Brandon Montclare from Image Comics, Halloween Eve.

We talked with Amy about her history in the comics industry, what she’s personally struggled with, and what’s coming next. Make sure to check out our four-page preview of Halloween Eve–looks like a lot of fun!

TFAW.com: What are your earliest memories of comics? What was the first comic you read?

Amy Reeder: My first experience with comics or even comics stores was when I became a fan of Sailor Moon in 1997. I would go to comic shops to find whatever paraphernalia they had . . . back then there wasn’t much manga, even. I think the first comic I read was Blue Monday, probably in 2003. That was when I graduated college. So I’m sort of late to the game!

TFAW.com: What inspired you to become an artist, and when did you first begin to explore that creative outlet?

AR: I used to draw here and there . . . some people didn’t even know I was an artist. But when I drew, it was copying photographs, and I was pretty good at it. I couldn’t draw out of my own head, though. I gave up on that until I started getting into manga after college and realized that if I actually tried, I could probably teach myself to draw! And it turned out that I learned really fast.

Halloween Eve Preview Page 1I think it’s because I’m not one of those artists who always sees something wrong with my stuff. If I’m in control of it, I really do love it, like I sit there and pat myself on the back. It’s gross. So when I first started learning, and I’d see great results, it became an addiction and all I could ever think about or do was improve at art. It was such a rush.

TFAW.com: What attracted you to Halloween Eve?

AR: The biggest thing was that it came from the mind of Brandon Montclare. I wanted to work with him. He’s a friend of mine — we’re very close, and part of that is because the guy really knows his stuff. He’s smart, he cares, he believes in me, and he knows how to make stories that matter. He suggested doing a Halloween story, and I knew that he would do it wonderfully, and that we would get along. I will say I was nervous about drawing all the costumes in the store — I’d drawn a costume shop before in my Tokyopop book Fool’s Gold and it’s a lot of work! But I actually had loads of fun . . . on Halloween, anything goes, so I relied a lot more on my imagination, rather than reference.

TFAW.com: What’s going to surprise or intrigue readers the most?

AR: Hmm, I think it’s the level of quality, really. Like everything has been so cared for . . . this is by far my best work ever. And the story really takes you places . . . I think it’s pretty unpredictable, and yet it fits together like a glove. While drawing it I kept telling Brandon, “I think people are going to freak!” So I hope we’re right!

TFAW.com: How has your experience been, working with Image Comics?

Halloween Eve Preview Page 2AR: Oh, they’ve been great. We’ve just sent the book to the printer, so I’ve had a lot of interactions with most of the staff as of late. And it’s all been good . . . you can tell they care, and that’s what matters most to me, working with a publisher. It’s also really nice to be associated with all the titles in the imprint . . . we all know Image has been creating a lot of buzz for quality comics.

TFAW.com: What’s your favorite part of telling stories in the sequential arts?

AR: Drawing faces, definitely. I’m obsessed with faces, all different types, and coming up with very specific expressions. Now that I’m coloring and inking, I can be even more exact with it. It’s the acting, I guess. And that’s what I look for in other people’s art as well. I get into it because of the acting.

TFAW.com: What aspect of comics have you struggled with, as a creator?

AR: I struggle with a lot of the things that most comics artists are really great at. I am still learning to draw men well. Fight scenes are hard for me if it involves realistic combat, because I’ve just never paid much attention to that sort of thing. Even more difficult is drawing armor, guns — things that are more stereotypically “male,” honestly. Which is tough because a lot of this is the focus in comics. But I do want to get better, and I hope I will.

TFAW.com: What advice can you give aspiring comic book creators?

Halloween Eve Preview Page 3AR: Make like-minded friends (even if it’s online) and help each other get published. Also, always draw the absolute best you know how . . . and then some. Try the things you’re bad at until you’re good at them — don’t let your strengths be the crutch that keeps you from growing.

TFAW.com: What was the last comic you read?

AR: Becky Cloonan’s Batman one-shot! Awesome!

TFAW.com: What has your experience been like, as a female creator?

AR: It’s been all over the map. Sometimes I’ve been given really great chances that have probably been beyond my abilities because people in the industry want to support diversity. I think I’ve been recognized more often because I’m female, too. Other times have been no-so-great, but I’ve never experienced anything blatantly sexist. I get self conscious a lot — like I worry that when I stand up for myself it sounds more abrasive because I’m not a dude slapping another dude on the shoulder, like “F-you, man! Haha.” Or, my style is pretty feminine — I think it’s tough to get publishers and editors behind that sometimes, even though I’ve been shown time and time again that the audience is there. It’s made me examine myself a lot and where I exist in the gender spectrum, when I’d rather not even have to think about it.

TFAW.com: Who’s one woman in comics that you admire?

AR: One?! Okay, well I really love Jill Thompson. She does it all — she writes, she watercolors, she does things for herself. And she seems really happy. Not to mention she’s incredibly talented. Oh, and strong. Physically. I have a picture of her fake-throwing me out of a restaurant! But seriously, Beasts of Burden broke my heart, Little Endless is amazing, and Scary Godmother is the best. She’s the queen of Halloween!

Halloween Eve Preview Page 4TFAW.com: What are three things you think comic book publishers should be doing to attract female readers?

AR: You know, this is tough, because I have realized that a lot of people genuinely do not know what attracts females. Like I just wish I could be in charge of it somehow. But the safest bet is to hire women on more projects, and listen to their opinions, because most of us really do get it. Hold on to these creators and these titles, even if they aren’t your top sellers, because we need a continuous influx of new readers in order to sustain the industry. And a huge well to dip into is the female readership.

TFAW.com: What other projects do you have coming up?

AR: I am figuring that out right at the moment! I will probably have some new creator-owned project going because that’s going really well right now, but I might do some other things as well. I hope to have something awesome to announce by New York Comic Con!

Our thanks again to Amy for an excellent interview. Make sure to pre-order Halloween Eve for a little extra fun this month.

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