Hoxford is about a psychiatrist who must team with a deeply disturbed patient in order to escape werewolves who run an institution for the criminally insane.
44FLOOD and IDW Publishing’s first joint venture will be “Libretto: Volume 1: Vampirism”. As with the first edition of their “TOME” anthology series, the book will feature a wide variety of artists, each exploring the theme of vampirism as they see fit. READ MORE
While the diehard Twin Peaks fans never stop talking about how it’s the best show ever, David Lynch’s series is making a comeback of sorts, soaring out of its cult status and becoming a pop culture gem. Maybe it has something to do with the expected Blu-ray release and Lynch’s mutterings about how he’d consider returning to the world with Dale Cooper.
While I doubt we will see a new season or movie anytime soon, or ever, Ben Templesmith is all riled up. On his Tumblr, he posted a drawing of Bob. Maybe if we all get as stoked as him, someone will notice and just give us more coffee, logs, and cherry pie. READ MORE
Reflecting on 2013, it’s clear that we we are living in a new golden age of comics. Not only is the sheer amount of books being published overwhelming, but the quality has reached new heights. Regardless of genre, creators continue to explore the medium in new, innovative ways, and I wonder if 2013 is only the start of something much bigger.
Due to the amount of worthy titles being put out on a regular basis, narrowing my selection down to ten was nearly an exercise in futility. I finally put my list together and what you find is a melting pot of comic book culture, covering everything from the Big Two to indie publishers to webcomics. READ MORE
December has just about reached completion, which means it’s time to take a look back at the best this year had to offer in comic book cover art. If there was ever an industry where judging a book by its cover was considered perfectly acceptable and often times encouraged, it’s most definitely this one (though still unfortunate). After meticulously perusing through an obscene amount of solicitations, from a multitude of publishing companies, over these past 12 months, I’ve managed to compile my Top 10 List of the Best Comic Book Covers of 2013. What are yours? READ MORE
One of the breakout new publishers of 2013, Black Mask Studios, is launching into 2014 with some big announcements. First is an experiment to go weekly with “Godkiller”, about story about fallen gods, quantum physics, weaponized orgasms, and a boy on a quest for a new heart to save his dying sister.
The series is written by Matt Pizzolo with interior art from Anna Muckcracker Wieszczyk. The first issue will feature covers from Ben Templesmith, Anna Muckcracker Wieszczyk, and Tim Seeley. READ MORE
Menton3′s (“Monocyte”, “Transfusion”) is a horror fan’s dream creator. His work is always as evocative as it is gorgeous, but more important is that he treats his readers with the utmost respect. He offers cerebral works of horror that go beyond the confines of the genre and forces us to question things about our world and ourselves. If you have yet to experience a menton3 book, “The Memory Collectors” is a good place to start as it seems to be his most accessible. Issue #2 drops this week and we’ve got your exclusive preview below. READ MORE
Only a few hours after 44Flood launched Ben Templesmith’s new OGN project, “The Squidder”, to the crow-funding site Kickstarter, the 18,000$ goal was met. At the time of writing this piece, it’s been a few days since the project went live, and the funds have reached nearly 63,000$, proving to all of us that this is indeed, the Year of The Squid.
With slightly less than a month left in “The Squidder” campaign, lord knows what possibilities lie in wait for the talented men of 44Flood, especially the head of this project, the dashing Ben Templesmith.
“The Squidder” is a 108-page original hardcover graphic novel written and illustrated by Templesmith, his first creator-owned comic in five years. The story follows an old soldier in a post-apocalyptic world that has left him behind. Templesmith promises the graphic novel will be loaded with Lovecraftian elements, gore, and, of course, some black humor.
Weeks ago when Templesmith mentioned he’d be rolling out a new Kickstarter, he explained it to me as Mad Max meets Cthulhu, which has now become a sort of unofficial logline for the project. For those subsequent weeks I had squids, and luscious, terrifying tentacles dancing in my head. Naturally, being the nerd that I am, I chose to grill Templesmith on the Lovecraftian aspect of the project, and what I got in return was a philosophical dialogue on humanity, social issues, natural forces, creative empowerment, and the power to control your purpose. READ MORE
After a long three month hiatus, J. Michael Straczynski’s Ten Grand returns sans the incomparable Ben Templesmith. With a new artistic vision and style that’s vastly different, though still committed to reader enrichment, C.P. Smith does a commendable job rising to the challenge of filling in the rather large shoes of his predecessor. Unfortunately, the new vibe of the book will take some getting used to, but unsurprisingly, the narrative is as solid as ever. READ MORE
Jamie Madrox is back again with another Dark Horse Comics review. This time he takes on Ben Templesmith and Steve Niles’ “Criminal Macabre”. Hit the jump for his thoughts on the book. READ MORE
Sexuality and comics are good buddies. Have been for uhm…ever. Not all comics. Obviously. But a lot of them. If you don’t believe me, go look at the breasts of every female character in any given superhero comic. Actually don’t, because that’s weird.
But recently, we’ve been seeing the psychosexual genre trending upward in comics and graphic novels— “psychosexual” being the psychological issues that come with sexuality. For example, although the sexually intimate relationship between The Joker and Harley Quinn is merely implied, we see Quinn deal with psychosexual breakdowns on the regular.
Now for the real coup. Psychosexual Horror is really starting to find its way into comics. When you add horror to the mix, the psycho part of psychosexual changes a bit. Emotions and sensibilities change. They are emotions and sensibilities you’d have when confronted with horror. So psychosexual horror of a very interesting mix — I’ll just say it, it’s essentially getting turned on by horror.
Over the last five years, there’ve been five psychosexual horror comics/graphic novels released that I highly suggest reading. This is my list of “must read” psychosexual horror comics/graphic novels… so pay attention, you fiends. READ MORE
44FLOOD and IDW are joining forces. This feels like it was only a matter of time knowing that all the guys behind 44FLOOD have worked with IDW extensively in the past. The partnership means that IDW will publish 44FLOOD’s upcoming projects, meaning distribution should run much smoother.
44FLOOD is an artist collective formed by formed by Kasra Ghanbari, Ben Templesmith, and menton3. If you haven’t checked out their work, you’re really missing out on some outstanding artistic ventures. READ MORE
Come October, IDW will be releasing “The Memory Collectors”, an original 3-issue limited series written and illustrated by Menton3. Anyone who has followed Menton’s body of work knows that his illustrations are creamy and surreal, with a touch of realism that combines to make beautifully dark art.
Much like his work, Menton3 likes to keep this mysterious. His overwhelming passion for his projects has him locking up the artistic details until release, which always makes the payoff so grand.
We know little about the plot for “The Memory Collectors”, but what we have been told is enough to make us salivate. And now we have just a little bit more to salivate over. Menton was gracious enough to compile five bits of information, in what I like to call: “5 Things People May Not Expect From The Memory Collectors.” READ MORE
Ben Templesmith is known for his moody and kinetic artwork, which has helped to bring so many projects to life, including his most recent work with J. Michael Straczysnki on “Ten Grand”. Early this morning, the JMS facebook page issued this peculiar note, stating the Ben Templesmith has been completely MIA and as a result he will be replaced by CP Smith for the rest of the series. We’re just glad to know that Ben is doing okay, as the letter states below. Whatever he is going through, we wish him the very best. READ MORE
It takes a skilled and exceptional mind to successfully master the style of decompression and flesh out a thoroughly satiating narrative in a single issue. It takes an artist of the same caliber to effectively bring that narrative to life with absolute clarity, vision and proficiency. In Joe’s Comics’ “Ten Grand” #4, J. Michael Straczynski and Ben Templesmith accomplish just that, give prominence to their seasoned artistry, and ultimately deliver an outstanding installment worthy of serious praise. READ MORE
“LUST” is a provocative new book from 44FLOOD. Further diversifying the term “comic book” are Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith, and Menton3 telling a prose story with accompanying images. Upon casual observation, it is clear that “LUST” is more than your average comic. It defies the term, but adds to it at the same time. The haunting visuals hang with the dreadfully dark stories to make for one incredible reading experience. READ MORE
Heavenly button man, do your deeds. If thine deeds are deemed righteous, ye shall be granted five whole minutes with thy true love, Laura. Sounds pretty, doesn’t it? Easier said than done for our resurrection man Joe Fitzgerald in “Ten Grand” #3. READ MORE
Last year, 44 FLOOD, a new company started by Ben Templesmith, menton3, Kasra Ghanbari, and Nick Idell, launched a Kickstarter campaign for their first annual edition of their anthology series “TOME”. The first volume focused on the theme of vampirism and was crowd funded in under 24 hours. The product was a beast of an art book featuring work from some of the best artists in the world. It truly is a magnificent sight to behold and it is a testament of the passion these guys put into their projects.
The gang at 44 FLOOD has just launched the Kickstarter for “TOME 2: MELANCHOLIA”, and it’s already well on it’s way to being successfully funded. The book is planned to be 12×18″ and 200 pages with an inserted music CD. The list of artists involved is just insane (see it on their campaign page). As always, the backing options are wicked including original artwork and prints from the artists involved. READ MORE
J. Michael Straczynski and Ben Templesmith produce a series that’s a surprisingly natural amalgamation of the horror, occult, supernatural, and noir genres. Delivering another successful issue of “Ten Grand” for Joe’s Comics, critic speculations about the probability of a superior follow-up prove to be unwarranted. READ MORE
The release of Ten Grand marks the significant return of Joe’s Comics to the industry, where quality and artistry are valued over corporate agendas, and income statements are surprisingly inconsequential in terms of production process. From the same imprint that published “Rising Stars” and “Midnight Nation”, creator and writer, J. Michael Straczynski teams up with Ben Templesmith, to deliver more experimental and unmitigated storytelling in the form of a supernatural, crime noir series of lost love and revenge. Although nothing new is provided beyond what’s already been teased in previews, issue #1 manages to establish itself as a solid opener to the series. READ MORE
The Secret Origin panel series this year at ECCC brings in a bunch of top creators in the industry for one-on-one chats to hear their thoughts on the industry and their upcoming work. Ben Templesmith chatted at length about his career, including his first paid gig on a “Hamlet” adaptation that never saw the light of day.
Templesmith dove into the topic of creator owned comics, and even expressed interested in writing a Lobo story. You can check out the panel recap below. READ MORE
A major accomplishment in the treatment of vampire lore, 30 Days of Night Omnibus Vol. 2 continues its stride with this massive collection of four graphic novels into one edition. Somehow this beast of a book is impossible to put this down. The “30 Days of Night” series has become a staple of horror comic literature known for its gritty artwork and gripping storylines. If you are looking for something hardcore, there is absolutely nothing glamorous, or even soft, about these nasty and raw vampires. READ MORE
IDW could not have timed the release of this release better to feed off of the reunion of Ben Templesmith and Steve Niles, whose newest collaborative project, “LUST”, was Kickstarted in under an hour. The second volume of the 30 Days of Night Omnibus packs four graphic novels into one massive collection for under 30 bones. I’m sure you’ve all read it by now, or at least you’ve seen the movie, but this is a stellar collection that belongs on any horror fan’s shelf. Preview follows. READ MORE
The team that brought you the original “30 Days of Night” series is back together for a new project from 44FLOOD titled LUST. Following the wild success of 44FLOOD’s first project, “TOME”, the new publisher took to Kickstarter again this morning to help fund their second project. “LUST” is a 48-page comic/art/prose fusion book written by Steve Niles with art on one-half by menton3 and art on the other half by Ben Templesmith.
The team at 44FLOOD has been teasing this project for the past couple of weeks, and the book is said to explore virtues and vices of our world. This is the first time since “30 Days of Night” that Niles and Templesmith are teaming up, and that was almost a decade ago. The backing options for their Kickstarter offer a wide variety of original artwork from both Templesmith and menton3. I have a feeling this will be funded within a few hours. Check out the details after the jump. READ MORE