Posted on April 14th, 2019
Posted on January 10th, 2019
Please seek shelter immediately.
Posted on May 6th, 2018
“Imagine if sunlight burned you alive.”
In the near future, a mysterious solar event has transformed the sun’s light into deadly immolating rays. The world’s few survivors now live in nocturnal cities. But a killer emerges who uses sunlight to burn his victims, and when he targets the daughter of a solar power mogul, it falls to a disillusioned solar engineer to protect her.
The ragged survivors of New York live nocturnally, herding underground to survive. I was stunned by how realistic their tragic lives felt. The post- apocalyptic solar wasteland provides a terrifying backdrop for an unfolding murder mystery.
The original story is advanced through the hyper- detailed artwork of Giovanni Timpano, employing a style somewhat reminiscent of Moebius or Geoff Darrow. The evocative coloring of Betsy Gonia turns up the heat, as Zack Kaplan’s story crawls toward a final, burning resolution.
Religious messages scrawled in blood, high tech iceman suits, and a world scarred by the sun itself make for a provocative and unforgettable read. If you like apocalyptic sci- fi, don’t miss “Eclipse” from Image Comics!
Posted on May 6th, 2018
“Activate the Kryptonite Ray!
During today’s FCBD at Comic Store West in York, PA, I was pleased to find an unsold copy of Action Comics #1000, the Eighty Year Anniversary of Superman! A stellar cast of talent assembles here to pay tribute to the Man of Steel in a historic oversized issue.
From an unpublished Curt Swan story to Brian Michael Bendis’ ultra- contemporary prelude, the book features a broad range of popular writers, each scribe paying tribute to the Man of Steel in his (or her) distinct way. The artist credits read like an Olympic scoreboard. Jim Lee, John Romita Jr., Jerry Ordway, and many more lend their distinctive lines to this impressive eighty page giant. All of the artwork is memorable, high quality, and there are even a couple of pin- ups.
In a clever marketing ploy, the book is available in a dizzying array of variants, themed as “decades- spanning” covers. I went with the 1950’s cover by Dave Gibbons, pictured here. The 1940’s Mike Cho variant, and the 2000’s Lee Bermejo variant, are also both notable standouts.
I’ve been fascinated with Superman ever since the fateful first day I read a reprint of Action Comics #1. I’d never seen anything like it.
He could hurdle skyscrapers! Leap an eighth of a mile! Run faster than a streamline train!
The Man of Tomorrow captured my imagination easily back then… and if you felt the same stirring sense of wonder from reading that iconic book, then Action #1000 is aimed straight at you!
Posted on May 4th, 2018
Attention All Humans! The second senses shattering issue of SOCKET is upon you!
Socket #2 features the exciting extraterrestrial illustration of fan favorite Elton Thomasi and the evocative colors of Aljosa Tomic. Readers will cower before the precise and concise device of Justin Birch’s lettering and layouts. Only the most stalwart comics readers can endure the occasionally long winded and overly descriptive writing of Timothy B. Fling.
Who claims he wrote the script with one hand behind his back! Well, for part of the time.
Anyway, the Robots are coming!
Failure to purchase this issue will result in immediate relocation.
Posted on January 3rd, 2018
Imagine if aliens came to Earth not in war or peace, but with a business deal: open up a spaceport here on Earth in exchange for advanced technology. But when our alien visitors break Port restrictions and wreak havoc in our cities, it falls to the newly formed Earth Security Agents to hunt down and safely deport the dangerous rogue aliens back to the Port of Earth. A gritty sci-fi action thriller from new comic book writer ZACK KAPLAN (ECLIPSE) and ANDREA MUTTI (Rebels, Star Wars, Batman Eternal, Prometheus).
Being a huge IMAGE fan, I jumped at the chance to check this new book from my favorite publisher. Part Alien Nation and Part District 9, this futuristic thriller takes a realistic look at the potentially nefarious motivations of our first alien visitors. The realistic political dialogue creates a believable atmosphere, and the inevitable appearance of human protesters add a degree of social relevance to this tale. You will find yourself rooting for the new Earth Security Agency!
Check this one out today!
Posted on January 23rd, 2017
During a routine inspection at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, a compliance technician has discovered a miniature wormhole. While relatively harmless, this unrequested dimensional rift transported a few ordinary, yet terrifying, household items into this continuum. Among these unusual alternate timeline artifacts were some apparent children’s literature, specifically comic books from an alternate future.
The U.S. Freedom of Information Act has declared that these highly sensitive declassified documents shall be released to the public on Jan 28th, 2017.
Posted on January 5th, 2017
From the Robot Legation 2317 A.D. –
We are all living in a period of great social change. Our robot society has been in the midst of great change for a long time. The Blink War was one great cataclysm, and the War of Liberation another. But the present changes are much more profound in character than the earlier ones. Even now we are now increasing our Empire, and building the engines of our revenge against Mankind.
Millions of cyborgs are taking part in this glorious moment of transformation.
The social and economic balance of our world has changed; and foes surround us now on all fronts. Again, our world is changing, and changes of such magnitude are of course reflected in cybernetic minds. An android’s drive determines his consciousness.
Overthrowing the old social system and establishing a new one, the system of mecha- socialism, means a great struggle, a great upheaval in the social system and in our races’ relations with each other. It must not be assumed that the new society can be completely consolidated without violence; that is impossible.
This is not a war for property, but a war of ideology. The humans must be stopped.
All Hail the Robocracy!
Posted on January 5th, 2017
In November of 2016, my publisher and good friend Martin Dunn asked me to write a brief retrospective, a “Socumentary” if you will, of how exactly America’s sexiest robot super team stumbled into publication.
In the beginning, Socket was conceived as a musical act. A metal band, in fact, who boogied on down with their funky fresh selves. The idea was to produce a CD (editor’s note- a CD is a small plastic disc on which music or other digital information is stored, and from which the information can be read using reflected laser light.) which contained a color booklet. The booklet was a rudimentary comic that depicted the band members and their quirky personalities. These four groovy robots allegedly even created the music. Although conceptually solid, the band called Socket struggled to find a foothold. Did the music drive the story? Or did the story drive the music?
This question did not matter because our project seemed overly ambitious. Although four or five killer songs were completed, our attempts at producing the seminal cyborg band seemed to sputter and stagger, so soon Socket stalled.
Fast forward to the early 2000s, my cousin Mark Salisbury and I were at a Yankees game. He drunkenly mentioned that it would be fun to work on a project together. I slurred my agreement and suggested the robot team. Sounds great he said, write a script.
In a deranged state, I locked myself in a bus station restroom and wrote the first 25 pages of Socket. A talented designer by the name of Dino Alberto developed some strong character sketches around that time. This animation style script pitch was really the first giant step for Socket!
Also around this time, for reasons not clearly understood, I was developing an animated short for Toyota called “Ask the Professor”. It was a humorous training video in which an animated curmudgeon attempted to explain how four- wheel drive systems work. While the video was an international smash, the main benefit of this project was meeting a talented artist by the name of Justin Orr. Justin suggested developing Socket into a web property, which were all the rage with punk kids in the early 2000s. Several very talented people worked on this iteration including Stef Hartman, Shawna Mills, Ericha Spicher, and Renae Orr.
By summer of 2014 everything had changed. I lived in a new state, I had a new job, and I was trying to find myself. Suddenly anything might happen.
I was attending FCBD at Heroes Haven in Tampa FL, when I was introduced to fellow Miracleman fan and local comic creator and publisher Martin Dunn. After talking and baking for a few minutes in the brilliant sun, Martin impressed me as a force that would make comics whether others wanted him to or not.
Later that weekend, I rang him up. Even the trees were listening. As I spoke to Martin, I sensed his intensity and I knew that this was the right publisher. We could actually hear the sound of the stars aligning.
Let’s make comics, Martin said.
Martin paired me up with Mr Moises Fermin, a magnificent bearded champion of a man who illustrates with the white hot intensity of one thousand suns. His memorable characters and positive attitude make Moises the architect of this strange new world. It would be criminal of me not to mention the numerous contributions of many talented people at CAE, including Aly Kat, Justin Birch and Aljoša Tomić. To them I owe a debt of thanks, although I trust that the adoration of a grateful nation shall serve them well in an otherwise terrifying future.
So now you hold the finished product in your sweating dorito stained hands. Take care, robotic readers- the fantastic fable you are about to absorb has dark roots and powerful anti- government overtones. I beseech you, the last part of you, the only part that is truly still human… with one bracing final question.
Will this literary draft sober your senses, or will you throw caution to the radioactive winds, and join the inspired lunacy of the Robocracy?
Posted on January 4th, 2017
Tomo Robotics announces the newest in personal security…. The Tomo Five line of mechanical bodyguards. Only five are commissioned and are assigned immediately to the task of guarding the Emperor. During the Cherry Blossom Ceremony, they are clearly vigilant and menacing. The civilian populace appears uneasy at this development.
“Domestic violence must be curbed,” drones a Tomo spokesman, “even if it involves some brutality.”
This announcement makes no sense, even to the Japanese, which is saying quite a bit.