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Image Comics is pleased to announce that KICK-ASS #7 will launch an exciting new story arc for the series and introduce an all-new creative team to the KICK-ASS brand—Steve Niles and Marcelo Frusin—who will succeed original series creators Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.

“When we sold Millarworld to Netflix, the one and only downside was not being able to write more Kick-Ass with my new executive role, and so I did the next best thing—I got my favourite writer to continue Patience Lee’s adventures,” said Millar. “Steve Niles is without question my favourite writer in comics, and I rank 30 Days of Night as my favourite graphic novel of the last 20 years. I’m honoured he’s taken the time to do this and slightly in awe that, like Jeff Lemire on Hit-Girl, he’s already outclassed me on this book. I finally get to enjoy Kick-Ass as a reader!”

Romita Jr. added: “I’m lucky enough to work with Mark again, but even luckier to have worked on Kick-Ass again, as well. Every time someone worries that the same old, same old is in line for another go ’round with a title, Mark Millar completely crosses people up with something completely different.
My attempt on every new panel, page, and story is to do something different. I think Peter Steigerwald and I have managed to do that, and Peter’s brilliant color art is so vital to that difference. Overall, the three of us have provided something unexpected, and in all humility, excellent! I’m proud to have worked with Mark, Peter, John Workman and editor Rachael Fulton on this Kick-Ass title and so thrilled to hand the reins over to Steve Niles and Marcelo Frusin. I’m confident these two great talents will grab a hold and run with Kick-Ass seamlessly.
I can only speak for myself, but I will severely miss this lady in the Kick-Ass costume. Pretty sure Mark and Peter agree.”

In KICK-ASS #7—Kick-Ass has wiped out Hoops Lucero and seized control of his criminal operations, but Violencia’s set to bust out of jail and get his bloody revenge on our favorite superhero.

“I am really happy to continue the superb work of Mark and John on Kick-Ass,” said Frusin. “The new character is gorgeous and I enjoy working on the book every day. I like drawing the world of Kick-Ass and its villains—Steve’s scripts are wonderful and the color work Sunny is doing is amazing. It’s great to have a team like this. I love doing Kick-Ass!”

Niles added: “I am absolutely having the time of my life working on Kick-Ass. It’s a thrill to be continuing the work set out by Mark and John and wonderful to be working with Marcelo and Sunny.”

KICK-ASS #7 hits stores on Wednesday, September 19th.

 

In this episode AJ is joined by Jimmy Purcell of BeenBetterComic.com and A3 publishing.

Sit back and enjoy as they both get spoiler heavy in their discussion about Avengers Infinity War, Deadpool 2, and Solo.

While you are listening, watch as Jimmy draws in super real time his thoughts of the show.

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Due to AJ’s advanced age, he mistakenly states that this is Episode #195 when in fact it is Episode #196.  It is all AJ’s fault and he is being committed to an elderly facility ASAP.

Image Comics is pleased to reveal preview pages from Eisner Award winning co-creator of CHEW Rob Guillory’s forthcoming FARMHAND. The series is set to launch this July.

FARMHAND follows farmer Jedidiah Jenkins whose cash crop isn’t corn or soy… it’s a little more unusual. Jed grows fast-healing, plug-and-play human organs. Lose a finger? Need a new liver? He’s got you covered. Unfortunately, strange produce isn’t the only thing Jed’s got buried. Deep in the soil of the Jenkins Family Farm, something dark has taken root, and it’s beginning to bloom.

FARMHAND is a dark comedy about science gone sinister and agriculture gone apocalyptic. Nature is a Mother.

FARMHAND #1 hits stores on Wednesday, July 11th. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, June 18th.

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In this episode AJ discusses his idea for an underwater murder mystery.

In this episode AJ tries his power of sleep on the unsuspecting listener while explaining his idea laden with yawns.  Try to stay awake during this riveting episode!!

 

In this new format, join AJ and he sits down and discusses his comic book ideas.  This will be the first in a long series to help relaunch the podcast.

I’ve been asked, more than a few times over the last decade; “why Star Wars?” from people who just don’t get it. They either never saw the films at all, or did see them, under duress, and continued to hate them out of spite and a sense of superior bitterness.

This week, “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi” opened in theaters. A new chapter in a 40 year old tale has been laid down as cannon and, as always, many “outsiders” are taking the opportunity to  vocalize their distain for the franchise as a whole. As it does every time someone’s fandom becomes popular, the haters take over social media. They are hard at work belittling the joy and excitement of fans with nasty comments and boisterous claims about how “adult” they are because they don’t like Star Wars, have never seen Star Wars and how, somehow, that makes them super cool, more mature, etc.. These are the folks who say, “Why? Why be into a series of movies about characters who have a made up religion with light up swords?” …as they go about their very “adult” business of watching chick flicks and binge watching Sons of Anarchy with a sense of superiority.

For all that bitterness, it does bring us to an important question. Why does *this* story create the feelings, the power it does within us? I thought as a former Star Wars hater turned super fan, I’d take a moment to chat about this. Why Star Wars?

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In this episode, AJ, Neehigh, and James review Thor: Ragnarok.  They also cover the news and tons more.

For the last few years, my little schtick here on The Mother Ship is to talk about geek parenting and what that looks like.
It’s included taking them to shows, conventions, playing video games, watching geeky movies, talking about life in general with still young, geek children in this insane world of fantasy, sci-fi, horror, mystery, adventure and magic.
We’ve talked about Gravity Falls and meeting Alex Hirsch, attending Star Wars Celebration, joining the Galactic Academy, attending ComicCon, going to Disneyland, what to be for Halloween, why YouTube sucks for kids under 15, we’ve talked about Autism in geek culture… oh wait, no… we really haven’t. Well, we should talk about that. Maybe next time. Anyway, that’s what we’ve done here so far and it’s been awesome, but now it’s time to get a little deeper, a little more personal and dive into the reality of day-to-day life of a geek mom.

This picture is just here because it’s my children being cute. We were at Disneyland, about to do a meet-and-greet with Jack, Halloween, 2014.

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Last night I headed out to Wondercomics in Yucaipa, CA to join them in celebrating the midnight release of Dark Knights: Metal.  For those who are unfamiliar with it, this is DC’s newest annual crossover comic book event.  Normally, I avoid midnight release parties like the plague because I hadn’t been excited for any comic book titles.  The last midnight book release I went to was for the last Harry Potter book.

What brought me out this time?  Well, while I was at San Diego Comic Con this year I happened across an image for the cover.  It contained the Bat symbol over a gear.  As hard I could try, I couldn’t make it past the crazy crowd in my wheelchair so I was unable to get into the DC booth to gain more information. Continue reading

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