Ghastly Awards July 2012 Update‏

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Horror comics are becoming more and more frequent in our reading culture, and the Ghastly Awards recognize, through peer nominations, those books that shine the brightest. The Ghastly Awards judges are back with another monthly update to remind all those people in the industry, and readers alike, of the great books that have been released thus far in 2012. The judges encourage all creators to take the time to head over to www.ghastlyawards.com and nominate those who you think are the best so far.

Creators please remember that you can nominate up to 5 times throughout the year, so make your voice heard! For the month of June 2012 the judges are recommending you take a look at:

Eerie #1 (Dark Horse):

Though Dark Horse’s CREEPY has been slightly slipping since winning last year’s Ghastly Award for best anthology, it’s still pretty much the cream of the multi-story-horror-comic crop. So, it’s been with equal measures of anticipation and trepidation that I’ve been waiting for the recently released sister title EERIE. What Dark Horse has delivered for the inaugural issue is a mixed bag. First off, it’s leaning towards the sci-fi, rather than pure horror. That’s OK- I’m open minded, and David Lapham’s “A Robot for Your Thoughts” is surely more horrific than not! The other new story is also fine. The problem for me is… two reprints pad out the contents! Sure there’s a Jones/ Corben classic and a Bill Dubay chestnut, but in my opinion, if half of the content of the debut issue is reprints, perhaps Dark Horse just wasn’t yet ready to launch the new EERIE. Go for CREEPY #9 instead… Peter Bagge has joined the crew and his humorous one-pagers are worth the cover price! – Mike Howlett

Creepy #9 (Dark Horse):

Dark Horses’ revamped CREEPY series continues creepying along with it’s 9th issue, featuring new stories, plus one classic Warren reprint courtesy of Corban and Jones. If you have a taste for thingies universally parallel and Lovecraftian, or a terror for kitchen utensils, then this is the comic for you. Indie HATE fave, Peter Bagge, makes his CREEPY debut here as well! – Steve Banes (http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com/)

Alabaster: Wolves #4 (Dark Horse):

I love absolutely everything about this series from the adolescent albino teenage lead to the song suggestions at the end of every issue. It’s always tough to adapt a short story into comic book form but Caitlìn R. Kiernan has had no problem bringing her female huntress, Dancy Flammarion, to life in paneled pages. Steve Lieber’s artwork stands out as some of the best out there right now, in particular the way he draws Dancy’s guardian angel is simply bone chilling. Alabaster: Wolves is a very strange tale that explores with issues of difference, religion, folklore, American life, and as a huge bonus, it makes werewolves cool again. Things are heating up before the final issue of the miniseries, and I can’t wait to see how Kiernan closes out this chapter in Dancy’s life. I can only hope she’ll be coming back for more. – Lonnie Nadler (www.Bloody-Disgusting.com)

Revival #1 (Image):

When I picked up this issue I thought I might have a good idea of what was going to take place inside these pages, I was so wrong. This story dives right into the madness, which seems to include the living dead, aliens and a zorse. I will not tell you what a zorse is, you have to read it to find out. The suspense was always present and when you reach the end, you are creeped out and left wanting more and more. – Decapitated Dan (www.decapitateddan.com)

You can also listen in to the 10 minute podcast to hear Decapitated Dan and Lonnie talk about the July recap: Ghastly July 2012 Recap

So we ask all comic book creators, what are you enjoying? Make sure to go over to www.ghastlyawards.com to nominate your favorites for 2012! So far this year, these titles have come out:

30 DAYS OF NIGHT
30 DAYS OF NIGHT 10 BLOODY YEARS TREASURY ED
30 DAYS OF NIGHT TP VOL 01
68 SCARS
ALABASTER WOLVES
ALPHA & OMEGA CRY WOLF VOL 01
ALPHA GIRL
AMERICAN VAMPIRE
AMERICAN VAMPIRE HC VOL 03
AMERICAN VAMPIRE LORD OF NIGHTMARES
AMERICAN VAMPIRE TP VOL 02
ANGEL & FAITH
ANIMAL MAN
ANIMAL MAN ANNUAL
ANIMAL MAN TP VOL 01 THE HUNT
ANITA BLAKE VH LAUGHING CORPSE ULT COLL TP
ANNE RICE SERVANT OF THE BONES HC
ANNOTATED SANDMAN HC VOL
ARMY OF DARKNESS
ARMY OF DARKNESS OMNIBUS TP VOL 02
AVENGELYNE
BAD MEDICINE
BALTIMORE DR LESKOVARS REMEDY
BALTIMORE HC VOL 02 CURSE BELLS
BATULA HC
BELA LUGOSI TALES FROM GRAVE
BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
BIG BOOK OF KOLCHAK NIGHT STALKER TP
BILLY FOG GIFT OF TROUBLE SIGHT HC
BLOOD FEAST
BPRD HELL ON EARTH DEVILS ENGINE
BPRD HELL ON EARTH EXORCISM
BPRD HELL ON EARTH LONG DEATH
BPRD HELL ON EARTH PICKENS COUNTY HORROR
BPRD HELL ON EARTH RUSSIA
BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 02 GODS AND MONSTERS
BPRD HELL ON EARTH TRANSFORMATION ODONNELL
BPRD PLAGUE OF FROGS HC VOL 03
BRIMSTONE
BTVS SEASON 8 LIBRARY HC VOL 01 LONG WAY HOME
BTVS SEASON 9 TP FREEFALL
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9
BULLETPROOF COFFIN DISINTERRED
CARNAGE FAMILY FEUD TP
CARNAGE USA
CASPERS SCARE SCHOOL
CHARLAINE HARRIS GRAVE SIGHT GN VOL 03
CHARMED
CLASSIC JURASSIC PARK TP VOL 04 RETURN JURASSIC PK
CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE LIVING DEAD
COURTNEY CRUMRIN
CRAWL TO ME TP
CREEPY ARCHIVES HC VOL 12
CREEPY ARCHIVES HC VOL 13
CREEPY COMICS
CREEPY PRESENTS RICHARD CORBEN HC
CRIMINAL MACABRE DIE DIE MY DARLING
CROSSED BADLANDS
CROSSED HC VOL 03 PSYCHOPATH
CROSSED PSYCHOPATH
CRYPT OF HORROR
CRYPT OF HORROR
DANCE IN THE VAMPIRE BUND GN
DARK SHADOWS
DARKNESS
DARKNESS ACCURSED TP VOL 07
DARKNESS COMPENDIUM HC VOL 02
DARKNESS ORIGINS TP VOL 04
DARKSTALKERS ULTIMATE ED TP
DEAD OR ALIVE
DEAD RISING ROAD TO FORTUNE
DEADLANDS BLACK WATER
DEMON KNIGHTS
DEMON KNIGHTS TP VOL 01 SEVEN AGAINST THE DARK
DEVILS ISLAND GN
DIABLO
DOMINIQUE LAVEAU VOODOO CHILD
DPD DOKTORMENTOR JAIL BABE SURGEON
DREAM REAVERS
DREAM REAVERS TP
DRESDEN FILES FOOL MOON
EERIE ARCHIVES HC VOL 09
EERIE ARCHIVES HC VOL 10
EERIE COMICS
EERIE PRESENTS HUNTER HC
ENORMOUS
FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES
FATALE
FATIMA THE BLOOD SPINNERS
FEARLESS DAWN SECRET OF THE SWAMP
FERALS
FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE – HELLDIVER: BOOK 1
FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E.
FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE TP VOL 01 WAR MONSTERS
FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE ALIVE
FREAKS OF THE HEARTLAND HC
FUBAR II EMPIRE OF THE RISING DEAD
GHOST RIDER
GHOST RIDER BY DANIEL WAY ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP
GHOST RIDER CYCLE OF VENGEANCE
GHOST RIDER TP COMPLETE SERIES BY ROB WILLIAMS
GHOSTBUSTERS
GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS
GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS TP VOL 02
GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS TP VOL 03
GODZILLA LEGENDS
GOON
GOON TP VOL 11 DEFORMED BODY & DEVIOUS MIND
GORE
GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES
GREEN WAKE
GREEN WAKE TP VOL 02 LOST CHILDREN
GREYMAN GN
GRIM LEAPER
GRIMM FAIRY TALES
GRIMM FAIRY TALES MYTHS & LEGENDS
GRIMM FAIRY TALES THE LIBRARY
GRIMM FAIRY TALES TP VOL 11
HACK SLASH
HACK SLASH EVA MONSTERS BALL TP
HACK SLASH OMNIBUS TP VOL 04
HACK SLASH TP VOL 10 DEAD CELEBRITIES
HAUNT
HAUNT TP VOL 03
HAUNTED CITY
HEAVY METAL
HELLBLAZER
HELLBLAZER PHANTOM PAINS TP
HELLBOY TP VOL 12 THE STORM AND THE FURY
HELLDORADO
HELLRAISER
HELLRAISER ANNUAL
HELLRAISER MASTERPIECES
HELLRAISER TP VOL 02
HELLRAISER TP VOL 03
HOAX HUNTERS
HOUSE OF NIGHT
HOUSE OF NIGHT HC
HOWARD LOVECRAFT & UNDERSEA KINGDOM GN
HP LOVECRAFT THE DUNWICH HORROR
HP LOVECRAFT THE DUNWICH HORROR TP
I VAMPIRE
INFERNAL MAN-THING
INFESTATION 2
INFESTATION 2 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS
INFESTATION 2 G.I. JOE
INFESTATION 2 TEAM UP
INFESTATION 2 TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
INFESTATION 2 TP VOL 01
INFESTATION 2 TP VOL 02
INFESTATION 2 TRANSFORMERS
INFESTATION HC
IZOMBIE
IZOMBIE TP VOL 03 SIX FEET UNDER AND RISING
JACK THE RIPPER HELL BLADE GN VOL 01
JURASSIC PARK DANGEROUS GAMES
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
KEY OF Z
KEY OF Z TP VOL 01
KNIGHTS OF THE LIVING DEAD GN VOL 01
KOLCHAK AND LOST WORLD SC
KOLCHAK NIGHT STALKER FILES
KOMA GN
LADY DEATH
LADY DEATH
LAST ZOMBIE NEVERLAND
LEGION OF MONSTERS
LEGION OF MONSTERS TP
LENORE
LITTLE GREEN MEN TP SMALL PACKAGE BIG FUN
LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS
LIVING CORPSE EXHUMED
LIVING CORPSE EXHUMED TP
LOBSTER JOHNSON THE BURNING HAND
LOCKE & KEY CLOCKWORKS
LOCKE & KEY HC VOL 05 CLOCKWORKS
LOCKE & KEY TP VOL 04 KEYS TO THE KINGDOM
LOVECRAFT ANTHOLOGY TP VOL 01
MARS ATTACKS
MARS ATTACKS CLASSICS TP VOL 01
MARVEL ZOMBIES DESTROY
MONSTER HUNTER ORAGE
MONSTERMEN AND OTHER SCARY STORIES HC
MONSTERS ARE JUST LIKE US
MONSTERS VS KITTENS SC
NANCY IN HELL ON EARTH
NAZI ZOMBIES
NEW DEADWARDIANS
NIGHT FORCE
NIGHT OF 1000 WOLVES
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD HC VOL 03
NIGHT PROJECTIONIST TP
NINJAS VS ZOMBIES
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
OCCULT FILES DOCTOR SPEKTOR ARCHIVES HC VOL 04
OCCULTIST TP VOL 01
ORC STAIN
PANDEMONIUM GN
PATRICIA BRIGGS MERCY THOMPSON MOON CALLED TP VOL 02
PENNY FOR YOUR SOUL FALSE PROPHET
PINOCCHIO VAMPIRE SLAYER GN VOL 03 WOOD & BLOOD PT 1
PLANET OF THE APES
PLANET OF THE APES TP VOL 02
POSSESSIONS GN VOL 03 BETTER HOUSE TRAP
PROPHECY
RACHEL RISING
RACHEL RISING TP VOL 01 SHADOW OF DEATH
RAGEMOOR
RAISE THE DEAD II HC
REBEL BLOOD
RESIDENT ALIEN
RESURRECTION MAN
RETURN OF THE MONSTERS PHANTOM DETECTIVE VS FRANKENSTEIN
REVIVAL
REX ZOMBIE KILLER
RICHELLE MEAD VAMPIRE ACADEMY GN VOL 02 FROSTBITE
ROTTEN LOST DIARY JOHN FLYNN US AGENT SC
SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING TP BOOK 01
SALEMS DAUGHTER HAUNTING
SALEMS DAUGHTER HAUNTING TP
SAUCER COUNTRY
SCHOOL BITES SPECIAL SEMESTER COLL TP
SCOURGE
SCREAMLAND DEATH OF THE PARTY TP
SECRET HISTORY OF DB COOPER
SERVANT OF THE BONES
SEVERED
SEVERED HC
SHINKU
SIXTH GUN
SIXTH GUN VOL 3
SPAWN
SPAWN COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01
SPONTANEOUS HC
STEAMCRAFT
STRANGEWAYS THE THIRSTY GN
SUPERNATURAL
SUPERNATURALIST HC
SWAMP THING
SWEET TOOTH
TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE
TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE TP VOL 10
THE LAST ZOMBIE INFERNO TP
THE OCCULTIST
THE PACK
THE STRAIN
THEATER
TROMA CHILLERS GN
TRUE BLOOD (Ongoing)
TRUE BLOOD FRENCH QUARTER
URSA MINOR
VALEN OUTCAST
VAMPI OMNIBUS TP VOL 01
VAMPIRE CHEERLEADERS MYSTERY SQUAD COLL TP
VAMPIRELLA
VAMPIRELLA ARCHIVES HC VOL 04
VAMPIRELLA ARCHIVES HC VOL 05
VAMPIRELLA MASTERS SERIES TP VOL 07
VAMPIRELLA SCARLET LEGION TP
VAMPIRELLA TP VOL 02
VAMPIRELLA VS DRACULA
VAMPIRELLA: THE RED ROOM
VENOM
VOODOO
WAKING DREAM END
WALKING DEAD
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 16 A LARGER WORLD
WHISPERS IN THE WALLS GN
WITCHBLADE
WITCHBLADE REDEMPTION TP VOL 04
WITCHFINDER TP VOL 02 LOST AND GONE FOREVER
XENOHOLICS
XENOHOLICS TP VOL 01
YOUNG LOVECRAFT GN VOL 02
ZOMBIE RECOGNITION GUIDE GN
ZOMBIES GN VOL 02 2OMBIES
ZOMBIES HC
ZOMBIES THAT ATE THE WORLD HC VOL 02
ZOMBIES VS CHEERLEADERS
ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS ANNUAL 2012
ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS THIS MEANS WAR PROSE SC