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29th May2017

Jays Corner rants about A Deviant Mind

by Jerrie Lee


Hey!!!! The Jay is back!!! TOLD YA I’d be ranting! I figured that before Terance Baker and Pam Harrison realized they made a mistake having me be an editor here, I better post some rants before they toss me out(heh heh heh….if they toss me…my rants will live FOREVER in cyberspace….MUHAHAHAAAAAAAAA)

 

Um…ok… I will be ranting here about a lot of good  webcomics and books I am crazy about. A Deviant Mind is going to be one of those series.

 

A Deviant Mind  is a Sci Fi series, created by Pam Harrison. (If you visit this site, and dont know who Pam is…I am gonna kick your ass. Just look around this site, ok? Hell she friggin designed this site!

I have followed this series from the beginning. It is a web series, and also has 35 printed books to date.(And I am proud to say I have EVERY printed issue)

It’s about Tara, a woman who awakens, with no memory of who she is, where shes from, and how she got where she is…and she goes on a journey to find her self. As her journey continues…the real Tara may not be such a nice person, as that sweet girl with no memory who awakens.

I will be talking about various issues of this great series…the writing, the characters, grabbed me right from the very beginning…soon as I saw her first page of this series on Drunk Duck website…I knew this was going to be good…I wasn’t disappointed.

fabulous art.

terrific characters .

compelling story

action!

this series has it all. and ,as I talk about various issues, you’ll see why it will part of my regular rants. look up of review of issue 19,I wrote it in 2014. (which I still say today….issue 19 of this series, is a MUST have, for folks who like reading great comic stories. this issue is a stand alone classic)

If you’re not following this series on the web, or you don’t have any of Pam’s books…damn. you don’t know what a great read you are missing out on. Don’t do this to your self.  Her ad for A Deviant  Mind is on this site. click on that. Read this series…and I mean READ it. Just don’t  just look  at it, and ooooo, and ah, at the pretty pictures. Read it. Let Pam take you into the world of Tara…follow Tara on her journey…meet the characters, of one of the best series you’re not reading…and then…kick your self ,for not reading this  series sooner. HEH! I don’t have to kick myself. I’ve been there, following A Deviant Mind,  from the very beginning.

Heh heh heh…TOLD ya I was gonna rant…its what I do when I’m stoked about a series.

28th May2017

Hi! Jays Corner is HERE!!!!

by Jerrie Lee

Hi…Jerrie here…Jay to my friends. Welcome to my new review spot…I like blogging about comics I am absolutely STOKED about!!!!! Ya hear me…STOKED! (Um…that picture isn’t me, by the way, but that’s what I’m using to represent me. it was made by Pam Harrison of one of my comic characters. Pretend it’s me. I AM a big black guy that smokes an occasional stogie…so the picture isn’t that far off to the real Jay.)

I will be going through my collection of independent comics…and I got a lot…talking about the series, why I love them. Hopefully I can get an interview with the creator on his /her thoughts about their work…hopefully, you’ll go out there and cop a copy of their comic for yourself (You can’t have my copy…GET YOUR OWN!!!!).

I meant to do this years ago.  My wife got sick,  and things went crazy. I just didn’t have the time, or the desire, really, with all that was  going on in my life at that time.

But…BUT!!!! Now…Things are better, and I’ve been given a new chance to blog here about great independent series…that you guys NEED to be reading!!!!! So…get ready… JAY IS HERE!!!!!

 

A few things….

1…My reviews are totally biased…if I like it…I write about it. I don’t talk about work I don’t like. I HATE it when reviewers trash folks’ work. What’s the point? I don’t read stuff I don’t like…and not only that…whether I like it or not…that artist worked HARD on their book. Hours. Days. Just because I don’t like it…doesn’t mean it isn’t good work. I am a guy with an opinion. That’s it. Others may love what I hate…and hate what I love. I’d rather spend my time ranting on stuff I love and want others to check out!

2…If you submit a comic to me…and I don’t talk about it…please don’t be offended…I have three years back log on ICC books  I wanna rant about. If I like yours…I WILL get to yours. I promise it will make its way into my numerous rants.

3…I like doughnuts. It has nothing to do with comic reviews…um…just thought I’d throw that out there…

 

28th May2017

Comic Book Reviews!

by PamHarrison

Contact Pam Harrison if you are ready to be a Comic Review Editor, and you’ll get your own account here at ICC so you can create some magic. If you have any questions, any at all, contact me and we’ll get you rolling. Let’s get out there and Make ICC Rock!!!

Roll call! The buzz has been going around on ICC’s Facebook page for a few weeks now. This page has all the info you need to know to be as professional as possible. Let’s get those hands up for reviewers and editors! You are chomping at the bit to create a strong comic book review forum for ICC, so let’s get those submissions in. Everyone with Editor status will be encouraged to create their posts here on the ICC website first and then share their links to our Facebook page.
Also needed: Art and Artist Spotlights, ICC Presents: (Which will give members an opportunity to present their comic, tell us a little about it, promo artwork and more), Video podcasts, Comic Convention Coverage and Updates, Upcoming Projects, How-To articles. Have some great suggestions on how to run a Kickstarter campaign? Want to share your expertise with DAZ Studio CGI techniques, Wacom tablets, Photoshop or Manga Studio? You will find an audience to share your wisdom here. When we get our Editors set up, you will have a point of contact for each area to submit your ideas and writing to.All comic book reviews must follow a standard format for maximum impact, and if this is your first time stepping into the world of comic review, there are many resources for inspiration to be found. Artwork, Photography, Video, Music, Poetry, Movie Making, Design, Cosplay. Whatever you enjoy doing, SHOW us. Tell us. This is a group dedicated and focusing on people as Individual Creators. The Talent is out there, we all have it. Let’s share it and also you can visit us on the web at http://www.independentcreatorsconnection.com/ Be sure to also visit our YouTube channel. Same rules apply as in the Independent Creators Connection Facebook group: If it’s a bad review, keep it constructive and polite. No bashing, no hate speech either in the review or the comments sections.
Why Review? To InformTo draw attention to good books — especially if they’re not as well-known as they should be — and to warn people away from bad ones. Although writing a bad review is easier than writing a good one, the best reviewers spend more time talking about good books than bad. It’s more productive in the long run, too.To Educate – To analyze the craft of creating a comic. To dissect how a good comic works or explain why a bad one doesn’t. To teach readers what lettering adds to a comic, or how panel layouts help or hinder the story, or any of a myriad other skills necessary to build a good comic book.To CommunicateTo start discussion or provide an alternative point of view. Beware, though, this may work against writing a good review, if the reviewer winds up discussing plot and characters too fannishly just to get responses. Also, reviewers shouldn’t cop an attitude just to get noticed. Attitude is cheap; content is rare.

Bounce! By Chuck DragonBlack Collins


To Develop Craft – To learn discipline and improve one’s writing and thinking.

To Get Free Stuff – If you’re good, and consistent, and build an audience, people may want to give you material in the hopes you will talk about it. However, it’s a mixed blessing: it’s great to get a chance to check out something you wouldn’t have bought for yourself, but review copies are a large responsibility, and the best material isn’t generally given away, so you’ll find a big range of quality in what you get (particularly if you’re starting out). For more on this topic, see How to Get Review Copies.

To Be Discovered – Please note that this is a bad idea, but some reviewers have this as a goal. Building a name for oneself cuts both ways; for everyone impressed by the comments (or opinions), there will be someone who takes it personally and holds a grudge. Plus, writing for comics is a different skill from writing about comics, so an aspiring creator had better be working on developing both abilities.
Comics journalism isn’t taken seriously in part because of this reason. It’s seen as a stepping stone instead of a craft in itself. Some professionals accuse critics of being jealous… and some critics are, but there are many more who aren’t. Many things are easier for competent writers to do instead of reviewing, and with most of them they’ll be better respected and maybe even paid. The medium needs intelligent criticism to continue growing and be taken more seriously.

Writing a Good Review: What to Cover

Ideally, reviews should be written of complete stories, chunks that provide a satisfying experience to a reader. Possibilities include graphic novels, trade paperbacks, complete miniseries, single-issue stories, and complete story arcs within a continuing series.

Reviewers covering monthly comics piecemeal should avoid assuming everyone read the previous issue. Coming up with something new to say about chapter 3 of 6 after reviewing parts 1 and 2 is challenging, but it can be done. Also, a reviewer might be criticized for not waiting until the end of the story to criticize it (especially if the comments are negative). It’s perfectly valid to review anything that’s offered for sale to the public, but it’s hard to evaluate the overall story without an ending.

Reviews should express an opinion about a work and say something interesting and unique. Online reviews should not go on longer than the reader wants to scroll. Also, short paragraphs are better; densely packed text can look daunting and unreadable on a computer screen.
What to Write

Pick a format and style and use them consistently. Include all the relevant pieces of information (creators, dates, titles) to identify the work being reviewed. Here’s one example:

COMIC TITLE: Subtitle (or #Issue Number(s))
Creator Credits, as printed in the work, one per line
US release date, if known, or cover date, or year of publication
Publisher, format (page count, binding, color or black-and-white, whether digital), price

[And don’t forget the website link to show people where to buy the comic. –Editor]

Tell readers something of what the comic is about, but keep it brief, and use spoilers as sparingly as possible. The plot of many standard-length comics can be summed up in a sentence or two. It may on occasion be impossible to discuss a story without revealing elements of it, but that should be a rare occurrence. Recommendations for or against a work should be based on the reviewer’s opinions and criteria, not the events of the story. A reader should be given enough information to determine whether or not she would find the comic interesting without her reading experience being ruined.

In the main body of the review, a reviewer should discuss what she liked and what she didn’t in regards to writing, art, plot, character representation, storytelling, and entertainment value. Comments should be balanced; there is always at least one thing in any comic that was well-done, and one thing that could be improved. Give examples. The reader should understand the basis for the reviewer’s opinions. I shouldn’t need to say this, but avoid personal remarks. Discuss the work, not the creator.

All comic reviews should contain art criticism; one doesn’t have to be an artist to describe what one sees and give opinions on it. Do items and characters look like what they’re supposed to be? Do the panels flow smoothly, supporting the story? Is the reader’s eye led in the right direction by the layout? Do the word balloons fit into the composition? Think about how the words and pictures work together to create the story. A reviewer who doesn’t cover both art and text is reviewing a plot, not a comic.

The tone should be informed and intelligent, but not superior. Readers may be ignorant of the work, but they aren’t stupid. Keep it friendly and entertaining. Readers are interested in the reviewer’s reactions and opinions, and some personal information may be necessary to understand the reviewer’s perspective (if she’s never read a comic in that genre before, for example, or if she previously worked with the writer), but reviews are not about name-dropping or unrelated life anecdotes.

Ratings are not mandatory. Some critics sum up their reviews with one, but other people find them unnecessarily simplistic. Regardless, they should match the comments given. The reader shouldn’t be left wondering why the rating is higher or lower than the rest of the review suggests. The scale should also be obvious and understandable, and the rankings should be consistent across reviews.

Try hard to get an overview of the entire medium. While it’s economically understandable that hobby reviewers can’t afford to spend that much money, reviewers who stick only with what they’ve already decided to buy are doing their readers (and themselves) a disservice. Be creative in finding ways to expand coverage. Many reviewers cut deals with their local shops to borrow comics in order to read more widely, for instance. Reviewers also owe it to their readers to be familiar with the best-known and -respected works of the medium (not just the superhero genre).

Given the bizarre nature of the comics industry, be sure to include information on how to obtain the book at the end of the review. If it’s a small press title, include the publisher contact address and/or website. If someone wants to read the reviewed book, let her know how. Also, be sure to state whether you received the comic for free for review.

Risks of Reviewing

Just because someone’s working in comics as a professional doesn’t mean they’ll have a professional attitude regarding criticism. People who should know better sometimes take comments purely about their work personally and respond on a personal level. No one’s handing out maturity with comic book work; sometimes a reviewer has to laugh and move on. In return, the critic’s behavior must be mature enough that people aren’t laughing at her, either.

There are also many people out there who identify too closely with the published work. With creators, at least it’s understandable; the fans, though, can be scary, especially the ones who take a negative comment on the latest superhero book as a personal attack. If fans become too pushy or threatening, take necessary precautions, such as using a post office box instead of a home address for review copy submissions.

Critics have to put up with being evaluated and reviewed themselves. No matter how bulletproof a review (in terms of pointing out flaws with copious examples; keeping the discussion about the work, not the creative team; and clarifying with terms like “in my opinion”), there will be immature people who will take a differing opinion as an excuse to question the critic’s intelligence, sex life, and general worth as a human being. Be prepared to ignore immature responses, no matter who they’re from.

On the other hand, don’t be one of those people who rank being right over being a decent human being. Keep the work in perspective. A bitter reviewer can be fun to read once or twice, but not long-term. People can be entertained by or find useful information from criticism even if they disagree.

Benefits of Reviewing

Everyone has their own list, but mine includes the intellectual joy of figuring out why I liked or disliked something, and the pleasure of expressing it well. I’ve met a lot of interesting people through comic fandom, and this is my way of giving something back.

Even if you disagree with me, please think about the issues I’ve raised. You may come to different conclusions, but you ought to be able to answer these questions:

  • What approach should reviewers take?
  • What’s their perspective?
  • What are their criteria for “good” and “bad”?
  • Are they able to distinguish “good” from “what I like”?

Reviewing is an art, like any other form of writing. Support the good, avoid the bad, and keep encouraging improvement.

Source: How to Review Comics – ComicsWorthReading.com


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04th Sep2014

Pure of Heart Review By Zachary Carlisle

by Zachary Carlisle

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PURE OF HEART

This past week, I had the pleasure of reading a short comic strip by Dave Brink called Pure of Heart. Pure of Heart is a story about a young warrior who seems to be haunted by the tasks that were given to her. After reading this, I was reminded of Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets CW’s Supernatural. It was a fun and entertaining. The artwork was unique and great! Though the story was short and to the point, it leaves you wanting more from this character. All in all, I would give this a solid 4 stars out of 5!

The story, pencils, and inking were done by Dave Brink and the coloring was done by Roland Lamers.

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04th Aug2014

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY MOVIE REVIEW BY ZACHARY CARLISLE

by Zachary Carlisle

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Zachary CarlisleOver the weekend, I saw James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy and I have to say… WOW! This movie brought me back to my childhood. It reminded me of seeing Star Wars for the very first time, which is a pretty big deal to me. Now I know comparing GOTG to Star Wars is sacrilegious in some folks eyes, but in my defense… Star Wars and Marvel are owned by the same company.

The chemistry between the characters was undeniable! Each character was so different yet they worked perfectly together to make an awesome team. Watching Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) reminded me a lot of watching Han Solo and Chewbacca on screen. Chris Pratt’s take on Peter Quill was great. As a fan of Pratt, I was a little nervous that all I would see is Andy Dwyer from, NBC’s Parks and Recreation, thrown in a science fiction style film, but I was wrong. I felt like Pratt poured a lot of himself into the character, which made it pretty incredible! Pratt made Quill funny and tough. Zoe Saldana’s Gamora and Dave Bautista’s Drax the Destroyer were portrayed as an deadly assassin and a destructive lunatic. During the action scenes, I felt that Saldana stole the show. Watching her kick the tar out of the bad guys was fun and awesome. It was watching a really cool kung fu movie. Bautista was also one of the best parts of the movie. He was funny and crazy, yet you felt for the guy when he began to talk about his past. And last, but not least, we move to the villain of the story… Ronan the Accuser. Ronan was played by actor Lee Pace of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire. Pace did a wonderful job at making me, as a fan, feel intimidated the second he walked on screen. He’s tough and scary.

The story itself was well done. The pacing was great and got right to the point. Writers James Gunn and Nicole Perlman did a wonderful job at throwing easter eggs into the film to make sure that Guardians stays in continuity with the other Marvel films. By the end, you’re craving more from the Guardians.

All in all, Guardians of the Galaxy was full of comedy, action, adventure, blue and green people, talking trees and raccoons, and so much more! I would give this film a solid 4 ½ stars! I can not wait to see what is next for Guardians of the Galaxy.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is set to be released on July 28th, 2017.

21st Jul2014

Comic Reviews: Playin’ Possum

by PamHarrison

playin__possum_page_8_by_chickfighter-d7jabxoPossum is his codename. When someone like the government or the mob has a job they can’t do themselves they call Possum. Some say he’s a self-centered bastard. Some say he’s a badass. Some say he’s just greedy. It’s a good thing. Those who hire Possum can be sure that the job will get done because “good ol’ Possum always gets paid!”

For a number of years I’ve been familiar with the work of Jerrie Lee from his numerous webcomics: Anthology of Anfer, Jay’s Internet Fight Club, Neva Knownes, Pate Empire and now Lee’s Intergalactic Fighting League. Jay’s hilarious humor and Not Safe For Work fight scenes have taken the scene of women’s wrestling to all-new heights.

playin__possum_page_10_by_chickfighter-d7jiyqkHis work as an artist underwent an evolution with the debut of Lee’s Intergalactic Fighting League: the fighters have more clothes on, sure, but the writing, dialogue and plot have come a long way. When I learned that Jerrie Lee had finally made his debut into print with Playin’ Possum #1, I had to grab a copy for myself. I was not disappointed. I got such a kick out of the storytelling and graphics, which really meshed totally well–I couldn’t quit smiling.

Possum receives a complicated assignment from General Thicke that involves playing three dangerous and intriguing masked women, Sleeker, Masked Americana and Chickfighter, against each other to recover a stolen flash drive. His first move is to attempt to kidnap DDSTV executive Tiffany Truesdale as bait to force Masked Americana to enter Sleeker’s Killer Kumite.

playin__possum_page_11_by_chickfighter-d7jntd0Of course even the best plans seldom survive first contact with one’s foes. Who’s playing who? The adventure begins, and boobs and bruises abound as we follow the women’s attempts to outdo and beat the snot out of each other in the process. Illustrated in true Jerrie Lee style, the action never lets up until the surprise ending. Now I’m left waiting for Playin’ Possum #2! Jerrie? Where is it, Jerrie…I need it Jerrie…I know you can hear me! Jerrie!!

Check out more of Jerrie’s work at http://jalsactionbabecomics.com/
– Get Playin’ Possum #1 NOW at IndyPlanet.com!!

30th Jun2014

Bloodstripe the Marine: Frontline- Zachary’s Review

by Zachary Carlisle

A WHOLE LOT OF ACTION! The collaborative team of R.J. Mead, A.Z. Wallbrown, and Robert Finch bring a terrifying, science fiction, action story that leaves you at the edge of your seat. The story and characters are off the wall and awesome. By the time you finish this book, you’ll be begging for more and MORE!

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-Zachary Carlisle

 

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25th Jun2014

CRYO-JOE! Review by Zachary Carlisle

by Zachary Carlisle

Andrew Carron’s Cryo-Joe brought me back to my childhood. Growing up, I love movies such as Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979 film) and Franklin J. Schaffner’s Planet of the Apes(1968 film). I felt this book had all those great elements that those films have. Mystery, adventure, and horror. The characters were introduced right. We don’t know much about them, but you feel like you’ve known them your whole life. I’m really excited to see where the next issue goes. This magnificent Sci Fi story is one I would recommend EVERYONE should check out.

http://www.cryo-joe.com/

-Zachary Carlisle

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19th Jun2014

Zachary’s Review- PRINCESS LUCINDA BOOK 1: BLACK ROSE OF THE EMPIRE

by Zachary Carlisle

lucindaAction, mystery, and magic! Those are the best words to describe Princess Lucinda Book 1: Black Rose of the Empire. The world created by writer, Malcolm Harris, artist, Ewelina Mroczkowska, and art director, Abby Soto is fantastic and beautiful. The story itself is very compelling, leaving you wondering what will happen next. The characters are very engaging and fun.

This book felt like the world of Harry Potter collided with the world of Marvel’s Thor. 🙂

Out of five stars, I would give this book a solid four! I’m very excited to read the next book. Keep pumping out the awesome material!

Get it at Amazon.com!

18th Jun2014

JC’S REPORT – Bloodstripe the Marine: Frontline, Book 1

by John Crowther

I recently was presented with the opportunity to review an independent comic titled Bloodstripe the Marine: Frontline, Book 1, written and drawn by R.J. Mead.

The book opens with the United States Marines stationed at A.R.R.C. (Advanced Reconnaissance and Research Command Center) in the Middle East being overrun by an army of terrorist Weaponites.  When all seems to be lost, our protagonist, Bloodstripe, arrives on the scene and proceeds to annihilate the enemy, saving the marines and the base in the process. We also learn that Bloodstripe is a United States Marine believed to have been killed in action a couple of years prior, by the name of John Gabriel.

I found the book to be very engaging, with an original story line and some intense fight scenes.  While I feel the artwork could be improved, there were some excellent pages and as a whole, the art depicted the story very well.  R.J. Mead is an excellent story teller and I loved the originality of the story.   I was left both anticipating Bloodstripe’s next battle and curious as to the events surrounding his origin. I look forward to seeing where R.J. takes us next.

 

JC

 

 

 

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