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Saturday, 22 October 2011

Classical Comics DRACULA -An EXCLUSIVE Preview!!



So there I was, miserable day, and what pops up on screen? A message telling me Clive Bryant, head of Classical Comics, had emailed me.

In fact, other messages followed as Clive offered CBO an exclusive peek at their latest title -Dracula!
It is one I’ve been waiting for since, being a horror film/comic buff, Dracula has to rate pretty highly on my things to grab comic-wise.  Clive wrote:

“People tell me it’s Staz’s greatest work to date. I can’t comment, but I think it’s superb. It was a great adaptation by Jason Cobley, James Offredi did a wonderful colouring job, and of course the Lettering Genius that is Jim Campbell was in his element.

Overall I think it’s our strongest title yet, and one to be proud of.
Cheers,
Clive.”



The specs:
DRACULA
152 pages
soft back.
cover price: £9.99
Original Text: 978-1-906332-25-9
Quick Text: 978-1-906332-26-6
Available early November


So, I downloaded the pdf Clive sent and sat back to view them.  Firstly, the covers look great as you can see below:









Well, as anyone in publishing comics and books knows, the cover is the most important thing initially.  It needs to grab the eye of the punter (customer) and make them pick the book up. That’s the “hook”.  Both these covers do the job though the Quick Text cover grabbed my eye first -that would make a great poster!
Once hooked, the customer needs to be impressed by what is inside. To me that is the next important thing -if you browse throught a comic you are not going to read the entire thing and certainly not if it is 152 pages thick!


Now, I have always been a bit 50-50 when it comes to Staz Johnson’s work (I loved a zombie strip he drew in Super Adventure Stories waaay back in the 1980s) so it surprised me that this work won me over.  Mentally I can delete colour so that all I ‘see’ is the black and white work -colour can hide a lot of faults. The work is quite possibly the best I have seen from Johnson.


Great figure work and costume detail and each scene hits the spot so well that I feel quite excited about the fact the book will be available shortly. If Johnson or the team working on this book do not get some sort of industry award (we all know who I’m talking about) it will be a black mark on the industry.


It has been some forty years (eeeek!) since I read the original Dracula novel by Bram Stoker but it’s no problem. The lines are burnt into my brain.  So, has it been well adapted?  In fact, based on what I’ve seen (far more than on show here) it does look like a faithful adaption.


Is it Classical Comics best book to date?

YES!

Not only will it be of interest to students but it also ought to appeal to the horror buff -whether a film, comic or book fan. The mood set by the colour work is great and if you run a book shop you need to order this one for the upcoming Christmas season.  The same applies to comic shops or comic dealers -this has all- year- round appeal.


I can’t wait for the review copies and if this isn’t a best seller I just give up. My big persuader is the art.  And I’ll leave you with some of those pages and see what you think.



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Thursday, 13 October 2011

New:Ultimate Centaur Collection


 

The Ultimate Centaur Collection
A4
b&w
143 pages
Paperback
£7.00
Ships in 3–5 business days
 
Previously available as two seperate volumes and now collected into one 146 pages volume! Vol 1 Centaur -the short-lived publishing house of some of the first and most unique Golden Age heroes that still live on in legend today!
 
The Eye Sees! Truly weird and bizarre! The Clock! Airman! The Sparkler! The Blue Lady! Plymo! The Arrow! And others. Volume 1 is a treat for all Golden Age comic fans and a must have! Volume 2 The Skull,The Shark,The Blue Lady and Amazing Man! These were part of the First Wave of US Golden Age comics that also includes Mini Midget and Mighty Man.
 
This book also reprints the one and only appearance of the very first comic book Owl from 1940! A must for comic fans and Golden Age buffs!


NEW!



NEW! MAEVE 

MAEVE
Terry Hooper & David Gordon
A4
Paperback
b&w
87pp
£8.00
STRICTLY ADULTS ONLY


Ships in 3–5 business days
Maeve longs for the exciting, fast-paced life of the big city. However, she has a greater destiny ahead of her (see The Darke Child). While travelling on a train, Maeve is attacked by a servant of The Dark Disciple but is rescued in time by none other than M and J (Two Hot Girls On A Hot Summers Night). The duo have been guided there by the goddess and Maeve takes refuge with them.
“Communing” with a pagan witch wasn’t enough and, under M and Js tutelage, Maeve finds herself in Otherworld and becoming lover of the goddess herself. Drawn by “The British Manara”, David Gordon, this book abounds in adult adventures in bondage and much much more.
STRICTLY ADULTS ONLY


New: Two Hot Girls   

Two Hot Girls On A Hot Summers Night
Hooper & Wetherell
A4
b&w
Paperback
85pp
£8.00
STRICTLY ADULT ONLY


Ships in 3–5 business days
Almost a millennium ago, two women from different classes fell in love and carried on a passionate affair. Jayne was a brunette Saxon princess with a reputation for dabbling in witchcraft. Marian was a blonde, Norman peasant girl. They were meant to be lovers forever and to fulfil a prophecy. and to allow this, a wizened witch cast an ancient spell. In future lives, in future centuries, the pair were destined to meet again and again.
 
2 Hot Girls on a Hot Summer Night was an erotic, four-issue mini-series created by Terry Hooper and Art Wetherell for Eros Comics in 1991. It became a huge seller but the trilogy only saw part 1 and 2 completed…until now.
 
For adults only, this is part 1 of the trilogy which includes MAEVE and the never before revealed final story in The Darke Child.

New: SIZZLIN’ SISTERS COLLECTION



 

Sizzlin' Sisters
Art Wetherell & Terry Hooper
A4
Black and white
99 pages
Paperback
£8.00
ADULTS ONLY


Ships in 3–5 business days
 
Published by Eros Comix in 1997, Sizzlin’ Sisters continued the company’s line of books aimed directly at the adult market. Each issue, Sizzlin’ Sisters puts the spotlight on erotic tales featuring the sexual exploits of women with each other.
 
There are various plot devices of sorts that are used to place the women in, shall we say “compromising positions,” of which they happily, of course, take full advantage. The use of large panels, isn’t just to succeed in making sure that the reader has little doubt with regard to the action that is taking place in the story, this series was based on the original Two Hot Girls script written and rejected by Terry Hooper.
 
Here, for the first time, are all the issues in one volume. STRICTLY FOR ADULTS ONLY!!!

New:Ultimate Centaur Collection



The Ultimate Centaur Collection
A4
b&w
143 pages
Paperback
£7.00
Ships in 3–5 business days
 
Previously available as two seperate volumes and now collected into one 146 pages volume! Vol 1 Centaur -the short-lived publishing house of some of the first and most unique Golden Age heroes that still live on in legend today!
 
The Eye Sees! Truly weird and bizarre! The Clock! Airman! The Sparkler! The Blue Lady! Plymo! The Arrow! And others. Volume 1 is a treat for all Golden Age comic fans and a must have! Volume 2 The Skull,The Shark,The Blue Lady and Amazing Man! These were part of the First Wave of US Golden Age comics that also includes Mini Midget and Mighty Man.
 
This book also reprints the one and only appearance of the very first comic book Owl from 1940! A must for comic fans and Golden Age buffs!